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Beaten faction rejects CAS decision on Kenyan football

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The KFF refuses to accept a ruling that it does not run the game in the country

The beaten faction in the on-going row over who runs football in Kenya say they 'reject' a ruling backing their rivals' claim.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) decided that Football Kenya Limited (FKL) should be in charge.

But the rival Kenya Football Federation (KFF) said it did not accept the decision.

"We totally reject this ruling, we are very surprised," the KFF Chairman, Sam Nyamweya said.

Football's world governing body Fifa recognises FKL as the rightful authority within the country.

The dispute between the two parties has continued for more than six years.

"If CAS says we are not members of Fifa and we ought not to have gone to CAS then they should have rejected the case for day one," Mr Nwamweya said.

"We are waiting for our lawyers to advise us on the next course of action and I can assure you we are going to take action."

CAS regulations published on their website say that parties to arbitration have to agree to the process in writing.

It says appeals are allowed 'on a very limited number of grounds, including lack of jurisdiction, violation of procedural rules or incompatibility with public policy.'

The head of FKL, Mohamed Hatimy, said he hoped the CAS decision would bring an end to the dispute.

"It is our sincere and earnest hope that through the arbitration of CAS, this long-festering dispute between FKL-KFF has finally been resolved and laid to rest," he said.

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