Players of Mathare United and Zoo fc have been given until Monday December 28, 2020 to get themselves new clubs following the decision by Football Kenya Federation (FKF) to bar the two clubs from any football related activities.
FKF cracked the whip on Zoo and Mathare after they both failed to endorse a media and commercial rights agreement between the federation and StarTimes Media Limited.
“All Mathare United F.C and Zoo FC players are now free agents and will be given 14 days, that is, until Monday December 28, 2020, to be registered with other potential clubs, following the revocation of their registrations with their previous clubs” read part of a letter sent by FKF CEO Barry Otieno to the federation members.
Members of FKF have also been advised not to engage in any sporting activities with the said clubs.
“In accordance with Article 15 (3) of the FKF (2017) constitution all members are advised not to entertain sporting contact with the suspended members” the letter added.
The Betking Premier League fixtures have already been revised and only 16 teams will now battle for the title.
“For the smooth running of the league, the federation has taken the painful decision to remove the two clubs (Zoo & Mathare) from the FKF PL and revised the leagues 2020/2021 Fixtures, to comprise of 16 teams”.
In another letter sent to the respective clubs on Saturday, the FKF National Executive Committee stated that it had brought the matter (Startimes endorsement) to a conclusive end and the teams can lodge an appeal at the court of arbitration for sport in Zurich.
Zoo and Mathare are yet to give an official statement following the latest development.