- Western Stima chairman Laban Jobita has urged the league managers and Federation to solve their issues and work together, insists there is no way the 2019/20 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) can play to completion.
The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) move to annul the top tier on April 30 has been contested bitterly by the league managers, who feel the Federation overstepped their mandate by ending it and crowning Gor Mahia as champions.
“There is absolutely no way we can play the season to completion as initially planned,” Jobita said.
Initially, KPL hoped the government would relax the cessation and curfew measures put in place to curb the spread of Covid-19, but that has not been the case.
“Time is not on our side, what we expected is not happening and we should now focus on the new season.
“Suppose we are given a green light to resume, we will need two months to prepare which will take us to September. Then we will need about two months or so to play the games which will affect the start of the 2020/21 season,” he explained.
“We should just accept there is no way we can play the current campaign to a conclusion,” he stated.
On the KPL contract, FKF president Nick Mwendwa had confirmed the KPL contract set to end on September 24, will not be renewed but Jobita believes it is wise should the two come together and solve their difference.
“KPL operates under the blessings of FKF and it is important for both to try and get a solution to their issues,” Jobita said.
“It should not be about arguments every now and then because it hurts the game as well. This is the right time for the two parties to settle their problems and help the game grow,” he added.
The same issue had been opined as well by Bandari technical director Twahir Muhiddin.
“In the last 17 years, KPL has done enough to help our football grow,” the tactician said.
“I do not know where we would have been without them. Despite a lot of criticism, I insist football quality in the country improved under KPL’s management,” he added.
Muhiddin also believes FKF has enough experience to continue overseeing the top-flight football.