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Nov, 18th 2020 – The Kenya premier league kickoff has been pushed to 28th of this month after FKF president Nick Mwendwa cited logistical challenges. In a statement, Mwendwa said the league which was of kickoff this Friday will now be pushed as players and officials need to take COVID tests among other protocols.
“The new season will now kick-off on November 28 and not this Friday (November 20) as earlier planned. We have a number of logistical issues that need to be done, including Covid-19 tests for all teams,” he said.
The league is also facing a challenge of who should run it after some clubs demanded a limited company to oversee the league on behalf of the federation which they say have no capacity.
The ministry of Sports is yet to approve the return of contact sports which remain suspended indefinitely, putting further doubts if the dates will be honored. A lot of teams are yet to begin testing or complete testing for their squads for the coronavirus which is considered mandatory by the Ministry of Health before engaging in any activities.
Teams are expected to get down to the most pressing matter which is the health management of players and officials through regular tests. However, what could threaten the league is the grievances by the Kenya Premier League clubs over being bypassed in football management.
FKF stated that, “We have a number of logistical issues which need to be done, including testing of players and officials for Covid-19 and all those who will be involved during matches.“