Elly Kalekwa: KPL must be wary of awarding Gor Mahia the title

Elly Kalekwa: KPL must be wary of awarding Gor Mahia the title

by Graeme Jackson

Monday Apr 20, 2020. 11:00

Sopafaka president Elly Kalekwa has warned the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) that ending the 2019-20 season early and awarding Gor Mahia the title will result in a deluge of court cases.

The KPL, like most major sporting events and leagues around the world, has been suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Nick Mwendwa, the president of the Football Kenya Federation, has suggested that Gor Mahia will be handed the trophy if federation rules regarding an early end to the season come into play, while the KPL insist the winner can only be decided with guidelines from the other leagues in Europe and Africa.

Gor Mahia enjoyed a seven-point lead over nearest chasers Kakamega Homeboyz when the KPL was halted.

But Kalekwa has warned that such action will bring a myriad of complaints and court cases which will negatively affect next season.

“I am not against Gor Mahia being crowned the champions if the league ends today but what I know the move will bring a lot of cases in the end,” Kalekwa told Goal.

“Those teams down there, I mean the teams fighting relegation, will not take the move lightly, a team can proudly say we had nine matches to play and I was sure I will win to stay in the league, so what will you do in such a scenario?

“Chemelil Sugar, Kisumu All-Stars are all ready to fight and stay in the top-flight and when you end the league prematurely and say the season has concluded, then you must have answers to give them otherwise we will have court battles which we might take time to solve and might delay the start of the new season.”

The Sopafaka president added, “We have to wait and get guidance from other leagues, teams have spent money to play in the league and cancelling the same will be a waste of money.

“I think we can still play the nine rounds of matches we have remaining and get a rightful winner and also get the teams to be relegated, it is a very delicate matter which does not need speed to solve, we must be very careful on how to handle this situation or else it will bring more problems to the league.”

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