The composition of the National Super League (NSL) is set to go down from 20 to 19 teams in the coming few days, as Soka has reliably learnt that the troubled Northern Wanderers, has been demoted from the league.
Recently, the team that took up the slot previously occupied by Eldoret Youth in the league, was disbanded and Eldoret Youth, through its former owner Peter Kipchirchir sought to repossess the position with its former identity.
The team even went on to play as Eldoret Youth FC in the last round of matches before FKF directed at the suspension of the team’s fixtures owing to the unique situation it found itself in. Based on the FKF rules guiding Club Licensing, Name and Ownership as well those on Fixtures Management and Fulfillment, the club stands expelled from the league.
Rule 8.1.6 on clubs denotes that:
No team will be allowed to sell its slot in a league and relocate its home base unless such a move is sanctioned by the FKF National Executive Committee on the recommendation of the FKF National Leagues & Competitions Committee and the Respective FKF branch under whose jurisdiction the team is based. It must be noted that a Club’s entitlement to participate in a league will depend principally on sporting merit. The sale of a franchise which is to the detriment of a league championship and results in changing headquarters, changing the name and/or stakeholders, and furthermore is to the detriment of the integrity of sports competition, must be prohibited
While it has not been made official as yet, as per the rules, each team that had played Northern Wanderers/Eldoret Youth in the 11 matches will lose the points gained as well as goals scored in the matches.
This is well captured in rules 3.1.11 and 3.1.13 guiding match organization:
In case of withdrawal and/or deliberate refusal to honor engagements the club shall be confirmed demoted and may be subject to further disciplinary action.
If a club withdraws or is dismissed /demoted from a competition of the league format when it has played less than 50% of the league, the results involving the withdrawn or dismissed club shall be nullified.
At its disbandment, the team had lost 10 straight matches then picked the first point in the 1-1 draw with Shabana FC in the 12th round of matches.