Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has today, Tuesday, 4th May, expelled Zoo Kericho Football Club from the top-tier league.
In a letter to the Zoo Kericho chairman, FKF Chief Executive Officer Barry Otieno said they had implemented a Fifa Disciplinary Committee decision against the club for manipulating football matches and competition.
“In view of the above decision, FKF has expelled your club from the 2020/21 FKF Premier League season and relegated Zoo Kericho FC to the National Super League (NSL) for the 2021/22 season,” read part of the statement.
According to Fifa, the decision to sanction Zoo FC is related to a series of matches in the Kenyan Premier League deemed to have been manipulated between 2018 and 2020 by individuals belonging to the club, as a consequence of which the club has been held responsible.
In particular, the Fifa committee found that Zoo FC had breached article 8 (Responsibility) and article 18 (Manipulation of football matches and competitions) of the Fifa Disciplinary Code.
Zoo FC was ordered to contact Fifa in the next 30 days from the notification of this decision and to implement an educational directive designed to prevent and combat the manipulation of football matches and competitions.
The team is currently at the bottom of the league table with eight points from 14 matches. The league is set to resume on 12th May. It was put on hold after 16 rounds following President Uhuru Kenyatta’s order to suspend sports due to a surge in Covid-19 cases.