Saturday Nov 21, 2020. 13:00
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) boss Nick Mwendwa has assured fans that the Kenyan Premier League’s resumption is on track.
The East African country’s top flight league was halted (and then scrapped) earlier in the year due to the coronavirus pandemic and is yet to resume despite the FKF securing sponsorship for the 2020-21 season.
The FKF has targeted November 27 – next Friday – as the kick-off date of the new season, though the government is yet to lift the ban on contact sports.
Mwendwa has assured fans, as quoted by Goal, that the response from government is positive and the restart schedule remains on course.
This includes all players and officials being tested for Covid-19 on Monday, November 23.
“The response from the Ministry of Sports is very positive. We have been engaging them for a while now and they don’t have any problems if we start the league,” explained Mwendwa.
“All they wanted is to see was whether as a federation we are able to put all the Covid-19 measures in place to avoid the spread of the virus and we have given them the guidelines of what we plan to do for a smooth resumption of the top flight.
“The league will kick off as planned on November 27, which will be on a Friday, and all the players and officials of the teams in the league will undergo mandatory Covid-19 tests starting on Monday.”
Mwendwa confirmed that 14 clubs have agreed to kick-off the league on November 27: “We will give Sh2million to teams that will have signed the document and those that have not signed will not get anything.”