Friday Jun 19, 2020. 11:00
Barry Otieno, the CEO of the Football Kenya Federation (FKF), says they could still play out the domestic cup competition if the country’s government lift restrictions.
The FKF moved to end the Kenyan Premier League weeks ago, declaring Gor Mahia champions, but Otieno insists the Shield Cup, which had reached the quarterfinal stage when the season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, would need only a 10-day window to be completed.
However, any such plan would depend on the government’s next move on the 30-day curfew – this is set to expire on July 7.
“If we manage to get 10 days, we can effectively play the competition to the end and get a deserved winner,” Otieno told Goal.
“If the government lifts the ban and allows sporting activities to resume, then we will only need 10 days to complete the competition, we only need to play on Tuesday, Thursday and play the final on Saturday and we will have a winner.”
Earlier this week, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) released the list of teams that have been cleared to play in the Confederation Cup, but Kenya had no representative present. Otieno says they have written to CAF and requested an extension to see whether they can conclude the competition.
“We are just buying time hoping the government will lift the ban when the current curfew comes to an end, and then we conclude the tournament, and after, to forward in the name of the winners to CAF,” the CEO continued.
“CAF has not responded to our request yet and so we are just waiting, we are keeping our fingers crossed and hope they can grant us more time so that we can have a deserved winner in the competition.”