KPL to remain suspended due to government order

KPL to remain suspended due to government order

by Graeme Jackson

Sunday Apr 26, 2020. 14:00

The Kenya Premier League (KPL) will remain suspended for at least the next three weeks after the country’s government announced an extension on a coronavirus curfew.

President Uhuru Kenyatta confirmed on Saturday that the East Africa country will extend their current restrictions by a further 21 days to help slow the spread of Covid-19. This means the earliest the KPL could return is in mid-May and the option of the season being abandoned is one which will be considered, according to league CEO Jack Ogunda.

“The league will remain suspended as per the orders given on Saturday,” Ogunda told Goal.

“Nothing will change because the move to extend the ban on sporting activities for the next 21 days means we cannot play football.

“We will only be able to kick a football when the government gives us an okay, they are the experts in terms of the coronavirus and they know more than we do, so we cannot go against the ban, and the league will thus remain suspended for the same period.”

The CEO continued, “The 21 days means we have until May 18 before we can tell whether the league will resume or not, we might either be forced to cancel the league or we resume the same if everything is fine but then postpone the kick-off for the new season to a later date.

“Our plans before the season kicked-off was to finish the league and start a new league by August but if the members decide to conclude this season, then the kick-off date for the new season will definitely be affected, and will be pushed forward.”

Gor Mahia were top of the KPL when the season was suspended in March.

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