Tuesday Jun 09, 2020. 13:00
AFC Leopards boss Dan Shikanda has again emphasised his belief that the 2019-20 Kenya Premier League (KPL) should be declared null and void.
The top-flight campaign has been suspended in the East African country since March, with a recent extension of the ban on all sporting activities for another 30 days by President Uhuru Kenyatta adding to the uncertainty over the fate of the KPL.
The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) moved to end the season and crown Gor Mahia the champions while promoting Nairobi City Stars and Bidco United, but the KPL insist that any such decision has yet to be confirmed.
Shikanda believes it’s time for the KPL to end the indecisiveness and declare the current season null and void, denying Gor Mahia the championship but allowing them to represent Kenya in CAF club competition.
“My stands [sic] is still the same and it will not change, KPL should annul the league and allow teams to start afresh next season,” Shikanda told Goal.
“It will be a very big mistake to award Gor Mahia the trophy, even if it was AFC Leopards who were leading, I will not advocate we be given the title whereas we have not played all the matches.
“The simplest way for KPL to solve this puzzle once and for all is to declare the season null and avoid and allow Gor Mahia and Bandari to represent Kenya in CAF competitions, as AFC Leopards we don’t have any objection with that and it will remain our stand.”
Gor Mahia coach Steven Polack agrees that ending the league – even if it means his side won’t claim the championship – is the right decision.
“Thirty more days [extension of curfew] …it means we are now where we were three months ago, and let’s be honest, at the end of the current ban which ends on July 7, we will not be able to play the league,” Polack told Goal.
“Even if the President says we can now start sporting activities at the end of the 30 days, it will not be possible to play the league, we will need at least four to five weeks of training, which will take us to the middle of August, and then if we resume the league it will finish at the beginning of October.
“Then you will need to rest and have pre-season, meaning the new season can only start in November or December, which is not possible.
“For me, the KPL needs to make a decision now, do they nullify it, do they cancel it or do they award Gor Mahia trophy, so that everybody can get prepared for the new season which starts at the end of August.”