Saturday Sep 19, 2020. 12:00
Kenyan Premier League players and clubs are desperate to get back to football and have hit out at the government’s decision to continue the ban on the sport.
On Friday, Kenya’s authorities confirmed that only non-contact sports can resume in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“All contract sports [including football] will remain banned until further notice,” said Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed. “However, all non-contact sports will reopen in a phased manner.
“All outdoor recreation and non-contact sporting activities will re-open in a phased manner as listed in the guidelines.”
Former Tusker player Timothy Otieno took to Facebook and pointed out the hypocrisy of a picture of Deputy President Wiliam Ruto addressing a huge crowd without social distancing, compared to a league match.
“Compare the two pictures,” Otieno wrote, as quoted by Goal. “It’s just a game of 22 players and some officials, let the game begin.”
Kakamega Homeboyz chairman Cleophas Shimantyula has pleaded with the government to allow football’s return.
“I was getting my team ready to start preparations for the new season but I have been shocked by the latest move taken by the government,” Shimanyula told Goal.
“It is not a fair decision considering the fact politicians are currently moving all over Kenya while football, which attracts 22 players, cannot be allowed to resume.
“I feel it will be fair for the government to allow football to return and put in stringent measures that each and every team should adhere to before the season kicks off.”