FKF and KPL to appoint refs for final rounds

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ULINZI-PRAYNAIROBI, Kenya, October 14- Football Kenya Federation and Kenyan Premier League will jointly appoint officials in the remaining three rounds of top flight matches to stem probability of match fixing after the body charged with the task was suspended.

At the same time, the country’s football calendar is set for a change after both governing bodies agreed to pursue the matter with sponsors and other stakeholders.

In a press statement after the meeting signed by the CEOs of the federation, Michael Esakwa and league governing body, Jack Oguda a three-member adhoc committee made up of Gladys Waweru, Juma Karume and John Ngururi was formed to review the safety of match venues.

Champions Gor Mahia are leading a three-way race for the crown on 51 points, four ahead of 2009 winners Sofapaka with 2012/13 titleholders, Tusker FC in third on 45.

Concerns were raised on officiating in the previous round ahead of the international break when Gor walloped relegation threatened Nairobi City Stars 4-1 where referee was accused of awarding the champions two dodgy penalties.

“The FKF CEO and KPL CEO shall be responsible for the referees’ appointment for the remaining three rounds of matches for the 2014 season following the suspension of the Referees Appointment Committee.

The joint sitting of the two bodies on Tuesday declared the final destiny of the contentious KPL match No. 128 of Sony Sugar versus AFC Leopards be shelved until the outcome of the FKF Appeals Committee.

“The appellant in the matter of Sony Sugar vs AFC Leopards SC channel their grievances to the FKF Appeals Committee for a possible review of the judicial decision by the FKF Appeals Committee,” the statement added.

The match was scheduled for a replay Thursday before FKF pulled the plug on the game extending the musical chairs that have continued since August.

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