AP Bomet releases statement aheas of SDT tribunal verdict
APS Bomet head coach Charles Odera says they will accept any ruling from their court case challenging Football Kenya Federation’s decision to nullify the 2021/22 football season.
FKF announced earlier this month it had voided last season and cancelled all promotions/relegations, wiping out Bomet’s effort that earned them top-flight promotion.
Odera admitted the players had been downcast following the announcement but have now been prepared to accept any outcome.
“I have spoken to the players about the issue which was initially bothering them but right now they have accepted whatever outcome the court might give and are ready to play in any league the court decides,” Odera said.
Odera assessed that the team is ready for a return to competitive football having played a series of friendlies including against the FKF Premier League champions Tusker FC.
“Their morale is as high as I have seen it, we have recently played friendlies with Tusker and we drew 2-2 and we also played MCF in Thika and drew 1-1 so nothing can stop us because we are ready and eager to play,” added Odera.
The new football season kicked off last weekend after a three-month delay over management issues although fixtures involving promoted and relegated teams were postponed pending the Sports Disputes tribunal ruling.
FKF Deputy President Doris Petra presided over the FKF National Super League pre-season PET training closing ceremony on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, at Kasarani Stadium.
Also gracing the event was FKF CEO Barry Otieno, FKF NEC member Anthony Makau, FKF NEC Women Representative Margaret Omondi, FKF Nairobi West chairman Caleb Malweyi, FKF Kakamega chairman Allan Muhando, and FKF Kericho Chairman Alfred Kirui.
The PET training exercise saw 170 referees drawn from the second-tier league taken through endurance and agility drills to test their physical ability as well as medical tests to ascertain their fitness to officiate the league matches.
They were also taken through football integrity classes where they were urged to resist match manipulation attempts and report any suspected incidents to the Federation’s Integrity Department for investigation and disciplinary action.
FKF Head of Technical Department Michael Amenga also walked them through coaching accreditation regulations.