A battle which might end up in the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) is looming between Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League side Sofapaka and the FKF Caretaker Committee.
The bone of contention is the league match against Ulinzi Stars that the Committee has ordered be replayed after being abandoned on January 8 in Kericho.
The game could not kick off after the hosts Ulinzi Stars provided an ill-equipped ambulance for the tie, but now the Committee wants the tie played in Nakuru on Saturday.
“After review of the match officials’ reports of the abandoned 2021/22 FKF Premier League match 137 between Ulinzi Stars and Sofapaka FC which was scheduled to be played on Saturday January 8, the Leagues and Competitions has ordered a replay of the match at a date that will be communicated in due course,” the Committee said in a letter addressed to both clubs.
Sofapaka have however threatened not to honour the match, giving terms that must be met before they step in the field.
Among the terms is the reimbursement of the costs incurred by Sofapaka in honouring the match that did not place in Kericho.
Sofapaka chairman Elly Kalekwa also wants the committee to supply the club with the minutes of the sitting that arrived at the decision that the match be played.
“Kindly also supply us with the relevant minutes of the proceedings of the Competitions Committee and/or reasons for your said decision. We are in the meantime further requesting that the said fixture be indefinitely postponed pending the outcome of our intended Appeal,” the letter to the committee reads.
The 2009 champions cite the league’s guiding rules which state that a team that refuses to play or is responsible for a match not being played shall forfeit the match.
By Kenya Sports News