World football governing body FIFA on Tuesday expelled Zoo Kericho Football Club from the Football Kenya Federation Premier League (FKF-PL).
In a statement released by FIFA, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has been directed to relegate Zoo from the 2020/2021 FKF Premier League effective today on the basis of match-fixing.
“The Fifa Disciplinary Committee finds the club Zoo FC responsible for activities related to manipulation of football matches and competitions.”
“The club is hereby expulsed from the Kenyan Premier League season 2020/21 as the date of notification of the present decision,” said Fifa Disciplinary Committee in a letter signed by its chairman Alejandro Piera.
“The Fifa Disciplinary Committee hereby orders the relegation of the first team of the club Zoo FC to the FKF Division One for the next season.”
FIFA has also asked Zoo FC to contact them in the next 30 days and implement a ‘prevention plan’ as an educational directive created to combat and prevent match manipulation.
Football Kenya Federation complied with FIFA’s orders and officially expulsed the club from the league.
FKF has written to the Kericho-based club informing them of the decision to relegate them to the second tier league.
“We wish to inform you that we are in receipt of correspondence from FIFA dated May 4, with regard to a FIFA Disciplinary Committee ruling against your club on grounds of manipulation of football matches and competitions.”
“In view of the aforementioned decision, FKF has expulsed your club from the 2020/2021 FKF Premier League season and relegated Zoo FC to the National Super League (NSL) for the season 2021/2022,” said FKF Secretary General Barry Otieno.