Muhoroni Youth and Sofapaka have been reinstated back to the Kenyan Premier League by the Sports Disputes Tribunal.
The John Ohaga-led team overturned a decision by the Football Kenya Federation to demote the two sides to the National Super League after failing to adhere to club licensing requirements.
The tribunal ruled that the FKF Club Licensing manual was defective as it did not conform to both Caf and Fifa regulations hence could not be used to demote the two teams.
“We have in any event found that the manual is defective in material respects which must be rectified before it could be properly used as the basis of undertaking the licensing process. We have also reached the conclusion that the appeals body established under the FKF licensing regulation is inoperative,” the ruling read in part.
The decision was to affect Sofapaka only as the two clubs had forwarded their complaints separately but after an application by lawyers from KPL and the two clubs, it was decided that the decision also affect Muhoroni.
FKF lawyer Patricia Mitei objected, saying the reasons for the relegation of the two was different, but Ohaga ruled that the decision would affect both clubs.
Sofapaka deputy coach John Baraza, who had attended the ruling and nervously held his ears throughout the 50-minute ruling, was elated with the decision.
“Finally justice has been served and we are very happy as a club. We always knew that we are on the right and we would be reinstated. The players have been training knowing we will play in the KPL. We are ready for kick off,” Baraza said.
The two clubs will now be slotted into the KPL fixtures while Vihiga United and KCB, who had been promoted by the federation, will now drop back to the second tier NSL.