Kenya Harlequin on Monday moved to the court of appeals council seeking to be reinstated into the Kenya Cup playoffs at the expense of Strathmore Leos.
Kenya Rugby Union on Tuesday released Kenya Cup semifinal pairings Kabras Sugar vs Strathmore Leos and KCB vs Menengai Oilers set to be played on Saturday, August 28, 2021.
However, Kenya Harlequin, through a series of emails to the appeals council seen by Raga House, argue that “Strathmore Leos did not honour the Mwamba vs Strathmore Leos fixture while MMUST vs Strathmore was not played approved by the board as per Regulation 11.1.1 and published as per the attached fixtures to have been played on the 21st of August 21 on matchday 14. A team will be deducted two points from its total if it fails to show up without notification, refuses to play or is found to have abandoned a match. “
“The competitions department fraudulently awarded the two teams 2 points without following the competition rules or seeking a board resolution to back its decision.”
According to Kenya Cup standings sent out by KRU on Monday, Leos finished 4th on 25 points same as fifth-placed Kenya Harlequin who didn’t make the playoffs.
Kenya Harlequin, through chairman Michael Wanjala, wishes to state that “from the onset, the statement as stated in our evidence no.18 was misinformed, erroneous and fallacious by claiming that the MMUST vs Strathmore match was not played as a result of the lockdown in Kakamega and therefore declaring a Force Majuere.
“The lockdown was announced on the eve of the Kabras vs Blak Blad match being 11th of June 2021 at the point of the government announcement, Blak Blad were already in Vihiga County 10kms away from the match venue, clearly being a force majeure. This announcement was made one month prior to the fixture of MMUST vs Strathmore which was due to be played on the 10th of June 2021. KRU competitions department had a whole month to relocate the venue of this match, which they DID NOT???”
“The was no valid reason for awarding points for this game as it had previously been abandoned by both teams. The decision by the competitions department which was not backed by any minutes from the LFC was ungrounded, misinformed without merit and untenable as per the competition rules and regulations”.
Kenya Harlequin now wants “the decision to award Strathmore points in a game that was not published in the fixtures be declared null and void as it was founded on procedural impropriety and violations of rules and natural justice.”
“The appeals council upholds the final league and fixtures standing published on the 21st of August at 18:46 pm”.
“Kenya Harlequin rugby club be declared the 4th qualifying club of the playoffs. The erroneous publications of the revised league table published on the 23rd of August at 11:47 be nullified and expunged from the record for future reference".
KRU argues that “a game not played after the last allowable date shall be declared a draw with (0-0) score awarded”.