Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has made a last-ditch effort to have national women’s team Harambee Starlets readmitted to the Africa Women Championships (AWCON) by sending lawyers to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Zurich, Switzerland, to present the case.
It is literally a race against time for the distraught federation, however, according to the federation president Nick Mwendwa, their lawyers filed the case in Zurich yesterday and have until Friday this week to obtain a court order stopping the 11th biennial tournament that is set for November 17-December 1.
The lawyers petitioned CAS in the wake of Confederation of African Football (CAF) reinstated Equatorial Guinea into the championships at the expense of Kenya despite the former fielding an ineligible player. FKF Media Liaison Officer Barry Otieno confirmed that a battery of lawyers had left for Switzerland and shall issue an advisory to the federation upon their return home.
“The lawyers have left to file the case and hopefully, they will present a strong case to have Starlets reinstated and if not compel CAF to cancel the tournament,” said Otieno.
The decision from the board of appeals of CAF means that Kenya, who filed and won a protest over the eligibility of Equatorial Guinea’s player Annette Jacky Messomo, forfeit their ticket for the championships.
FKF President Nick Mwendwa who flew out of the country yesterday on a different mission said that they would rather have the tournament cancelled than watch Kenya being victims of injustice by CAF.