Federation boss reveals to Goal why they are rushing against the clock to conclude top 2020-21 season
Football Kenya Federation has called on FKF Premier League clubs “to persevere for the time being” as they strive to end the 2020-21 season on schedule.
The Kenyan elite are currently rocked by a crowded matchlist after the league’s flow ceased in March following the government’s decision to suspend all sporting activities to help curb the spread of the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
The move forced the federation to start planning from square one when the league resumed after 56 days in the cold, and teams are now forced to play two to three matches a week to ensure the league is concluded in accordance with the Caf calendar.
As fatigue begins to take its toll on players and conditions at available match venues, especially for Nairobi-based teams, also deteriorate, FKF President Nick Mwendwa said. Goal they have no other route to follow than to run the league like a marathon to the end.
What did Mwendwa say?
“It’s a marathon now, it’s like that, the league has to end,” Mwendwa said Goal the Saturday. “We have no options, we have a deadline to conclude the league and we have to strive to meet it.
“It’s not our [FKF] fault but because of nature, Covid-19 came and disrupted the beautiful game, so we don’t have a lot of options, I just want to call on the teams to stay calm, persevere, and understand the situation, they have need to know the season has to be played to the end and for us to beat the deadline then a crowded game list is a must.
“We know how difficult it is for the players, but that’s how it is.”
What did Shimanyula say?
Kakamega Homeboyz chairman Cleophas Shimanyula backed the federation’s decision to rush the league to a conclusion by insisting anything can happen by the end of the league.
“We don’t know what’s going to happen next, Covid-19 is still with us and they [government] might be forced to put on another lockdown if the numbers go up soon, even if we play four to five games a week I don’t see any problem, ”Shimanyula said. Goal the Saturday.
Caf ticket for June 30?
The delayed end of the Kenyan league has already forced the federation to declare that the team that will be at the top of the 18-team standings by June 30, will receive the ticket to represent the country in the Caf Champions League.
This is after the Caf sets June 30 as the date for submitting the names of all club representatives from all affiliated countries and on that date the Kenyan league will still be on vacation and without a winner.