NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 2 – The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) remains suspended indefinitely as the league managers continue to wait on government directives to resume owing to the continued spread of the coronavirus.
government announced the suspension of any gatherings while the ministry of
sports closed down all sporting facilities as a means of combating the spread
of the virus, essentially shutting down sports all over the country.
Kenya Federation had mid last month announced that all football in the country,
including the top tier, would be suspended until the first week of April, but
the situation currently does not allow for its return.
“We had a
brief talk on Friday with some members of the Governing Council and we decided
we will not have a formal meeting, virtual or in the office until we get more
directives from the government. As at that, the league remains suspended
indefinitely until we get a way forward,” KPL CEO Jaco Oguda told Capital Sport.
“As at now,
it is a wait and see game. At this point, football is secondary to anything.
Health comes first and football will only come back when that is taken care of,”
further stated Oguda.
had been scheduled to conclude on May 23, but with three match weeks now lost,
the same is expected to be stretched.
Oguda had disclosed to Capital Sport that they aim to finish the league
by at least June 30. With projections stating that the next one month might be
crucial, the hope of finishing up by the end of June might be short lived.
the league managers are now open to an extension of up to August. But, Oguda
says they remain committed to finishing the season.
are currently leading the standings with 54 points, seven ahead of second
placed Kakamega Homeboyz. On the opposite end of the standings, Sony Sugar are
already relegated and there will only be one team following them down.
Kericho, Nzoia Sugar, Chemelil Sugar and Kisumu All Stars are all in the race
to avoid dropping into that one slot.
rounds of matches have already been played and there are nine remaining. Gor just
need seven wins to mathematically confirm their status as record extending champions.
training grounds closed down, teams have now resorted to asking their players
to train from home as they maintain fitness with hope that the world will
resume normal programming soon.
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