CAF has issued Kenya eight days to decide KPL season and domestic cup fate

  • The Kenya Premier League (KPL) and Domestic Cup (Betway Cup) competition fate will be known soon as the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has given Football Kenya Federation (FKF) eight days to make a decision.
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A letter dated April 26 and addressed to all general secretaries of the member associations, CAF’s acting General Secretary Abdelmounaim Bah reads: “We would like to enquire about the current situation of your national league/National Cup (ranking, number of pending matches, etc..) as well as the strategies you intend to apply to finalize those competitions be it through completion or annulment.”

The letter further reads, “We would appreciate receiving a reply by the 5th of May 2020 to design a plan for the organization of our inter-club competitions during next season.”

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The KPL, which was supposed to end on May 23, was suspended last month with less than 10 rounds of matches to go as a precautionary measure against the spread of the coronavirus.

“Caf is closely monitoring the situation with the stakeholders to know when our Interclub competition would resume which would help us determine to what extent we can be flexible with the team’s engagement for next season. Once we determine the date we can resume footballing activities, we would advise you when the leagues must be completed and concessions that would be made with regards to names submission, player registration, and date next season will commence,” CAF letter continues.

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The CAF letter came at the time when KPL CEO Jack Oguda has reiterated that the league will remain suspended indefinitely until either the pandemic is contained or the government advises otherwise.

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Apart from Burundi, all the leagues in Africa have been suspended over the Covid-19 pandemic and there has since been no clear return date or road map, considering most countries are either in quarantine or lockdown.

With most of the football competitions across the globe remain suspended; other countries have already canceled the season. The Argentine football season was canceled on Tuesday while the Dutch leagues were canceled last week.

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Whether Kenya will follow such footsteps or otherwise will unfold sooner as the CAF time frame limits the decision to eight days.

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