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No decision has been made regarding the fate of 2019/20 season, insists KPL


No decision has been made regarding the fate of 2019/20 season, insists KPL

Kenyan Premier League Limited has maintained that there is no final fate concerning the KPL 2019/20 season.

In circular sent to newsrooms on Thursday, the local league governing body quashed the decision taken by Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa crowning Gor Mahia league champions on April 30th through a tweet in the midst of Covid-19 pandemic.

KPL would later take their complain to CAF protesting against that controversial pronouncement, accusing FKF of overstepping its mandate.

However, after a long wait for replies, KPL has stood its ground and reclaimed its role in running the country’s top-flight football after both CAF and FKF turned a blind eye to its complaints.

“For avoidance of doubt, no decision has been made regarding the fate of the KPL 2019/20 season. It should be emphasized that it is only the KPL Governing Council that has the power to make such a decision.” KPL stated.

The genesis of this mix-up can be traced back to late April when CAF asked its member associations to communicate their league fates after coronavirus disrupted most global sporting events.

Several federations across the continent have either forwarded their league champions to CAF, cancelled the league without winners or opted to restart the contests as Tanzania in East African region.

Predictably, Kenyan Premier League is likely to borrow a leaf from Tanzania as it contemplates resuming the league with eight to nine matches left to the official conclusion.

Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Sport Amina Mohamed recently confirmed that the government has set up a team to prepare for the resumption of sporting activities in the country once the Covid-19 situation has been managed.

This is a sign that football in general is set to resume to normalcy in the near future.

With the probability of sporting activities resuming, KPL is adamant about completing the remaining fixtures if the government will lift the movement restrictions countrywide.

“KPL wishes to confirm that a KPL Governing Council meeting will be convened next week depending on the new measures that the government will announce to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic following the lapse of the 21-day nationwide curfew and cessation of movements in certain counties and local administrative areas on Saturday, June 06, 2020.

“In the meeting, the KPL Governing Council will deliberate on the government’s blueprint to reopening the economy and its effect on football activities. For avoidance of doubt, no decision has been made regarding the fate of the KPL 2019/20 season. It should be emphasized that it is only the KPL Governing Council that has the power to make such a decision. In that meeting, the KPL Governing Council will discuss and decide on the fate of the KPL 2019/20 season. The provisional agenda for the meeting will be circulated when convening the meeting after consultation with the KPL chairman.

“In the meantime, KPL advises clubs to familiarize themselves with the attached FIFA guidelines on dealing with the impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on football activities and their recommended roadmap to resuming football activities. We shall also be guided by the Government’s guidelines on resumption of sporting activities.” KPL further insisted.

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