Thika United has won the appeal to remain in the 2017 Kenyan Premier League season as Sofapaka and Muhoroni are replaced by KCB and Vihiga United for failing the licensing test. FKF President Nick Mwendwa announced.
Thika United have been reinstated to the 18 team league after the club was confirmed by the Independent Disciplinary and Appeals Committee (IDAK) to have met criteria A of the CAF Club Licensing threshold.
Criteria A of the FKF club licensing required the clubs to resubmit clear financial details and also to present contracts signed by players to the Committee for reevaluation.
Thika United attained a score of 61 in the mandatory criteria to earn them a provisional license as well as to allow them participate in the top flight league that is set to kick off February 11 as the club was able to meet the criteria.
“I can confirm that Thika United will be in the league as they were able to fulfill criteria A after they were marked by the committee today”. Mwendwa announced.
On the other hand Sofapaka and Muhoroni failed the test culminating to a relegation to the National Super League (NSL) for failing to demonstrate that they have money in the accounts and that their players had been paid by the end of day on Wednesday.
“FKF had received a specific complaint from Kenya Football Association that players of the two clubs had not been paid”. Mwendwa stated.
Muhoroni FC and Sofapaka on Thursday had their appeals to be reinstated back to the top flight but was rejected by Football Kenya Federation (FKF).
However Mwendwa says the clubs could still have a chance to play for the KPL should they have the ruling reinstated by FIFA through the Court of Arbitration for Sports in the next 14 days as their appeals “are beyond the Sports Dispute Tribunal’s mandate.
KCB and Vihiga United join Nzoia United, Kariobangi Sharks, Nakumatt FC and Zoo Kericho who were the first to be promoted to KPL.