Football Kenya Federation (FKF) got a major reprieve when Sports Tribunal gave them a lifeline to continue operating despite failure to comply with Sports Act.
The federation will however, have to pay a Ksh. 500, 000 fine by April 15 and report to the tribunal on the steps they have taken to comply by April 19.
While delivering his ruling, Tribunal chairman John Ohaga pointed out that while the federation may have been wrong in not complying, taking away their mandate to run football in the country was not the right way to deal with the matter.
“We must consider the fact that FKF is affiliated to Caf and Fifa and thereby have to adhere to their rules,” said part of the ruling.
FKF lawyer Ken Ochieng said he is delighted by the ruling and pointed out that they have already made steps to comply with the Sports Act.
“We are happy that the tribunal made the right decision and on our part we promise comply with their demands.” Said Ochieng.
Ingwe refunds Ksh. 10 million to betway
AFC Leopards have refunded Ksh.10m they had received from betting firm Betway, who had expressed interest to sponsor the club.
The money was paid out to the betting firm last week, and according to John Ohaga, who chairs the Interim Management Committee of AFC Leopards, this was the fairest thing to do after the club opted to sign with betting rivals SportPesa.
“We have refunded Ksh.10million that Betway paid out to AFC Leopards because it was not their fault and this was the most reasonable thing to do. I have always insisted that we do the right thing as a committee,” Ohanga said.
Currently, Ingwe are being sponsored by SportPesa to the tune of Ksh. 45million per year.
Betway had offered the club Ksh. 32million per year.