Nakumatt FC and Zoo Kericho had a reason to smile after the Court of Appeal of Kenya on Tuesday reinstated them back to the Kenyan Premier League.
However, the court will make a full ruling on November 3 though by this time the league would be on its tail end.
Nakumatt and Zoo had been suspended from the competition two weeks ago after a petition filed by former Football Kenya Federation president Sam Nyamweya over the composition of the league.
High Court judge Justice John Mativo on had annulled FKF’s decision to increase the size of the Kenyan Premier League to 18 teams from 16. This in effect has left KPL with no alternative by to put on hold matches involving Zoo and Nakumatt.
FKF president Nick Mwendwa filed an appeal and the two club enjoined themselves in the appeal.
And on Tuesday a a three judge led by Justice Phillip Waki directed that the two teams be reinstated until the court delivers a full ruling.
In giving the ruling, Judge Minoti Kathurima stated: “An order is hereby made that the teams continue playing in the KPL until delivery of the ruling is made on November 3, 2017.”
It means that the two clubs will now have a tight schedule in the coming weeks to catch up with the rest.
Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa said the ruling was the best for the league.
“Its a good day for football. Let us play on the pitch and not in the courts. In the end I think football has won today,” he said.
KPL has promptly included the two clubs in the next round of fixtures.