- Kenya Cup and KRU Championship rejoice after the KRU revokes their initial cancellation of 2019/2020 season. The season had been declared null and void although it was suspended on March 13 to curb the coronavirus pandemic.
KRU had canceled all league and cup competitions this season on April 9 which meant there would be no promotion or relegation in any of the competitions, with all teams remaining in their current division for next season.
However, KRU Monday softened their stand though they had failed to listen to the Kenya Cup and Championship club plea to rescind its decision to cancel the entire rugby season.
“Stakeholders prefer a scenario where the season concludes once the Covid-19 situation and its various restrictions ease,” KRU conceded
“KRU and Clubs have thus agreed to form a consultative committee to develop various scenarios and timelines under which the season can be concluded all factors considered. With this in mind, the 2019/20 season then stands suspended and not canceled as earlier communicated,” KRU secretary Ian Mugambi stated.
Both Kenya Cup and KRU Championship were due for playoffs on March 14 with the semi-finals due March 21. The finals had been planned for April 4 as the Enterprise Cup semi-finals were due on March 28 with the final scheduled for April 18.
Kabras Sugar had topped the regular Kenya Cup with 74 points followed by defending champions Kenya Commercial Bank on 71.
Homeboyz were to meet Menengai Oilers in the semi-final play-offs with the winners facing KCB in the semi-finals while Kabras Sugar was drawn to clash with the semi-final play-off winners between Impala Saracens and Mwamba.
While Strathmore Leos had topped the KRU Championship unbeaten on 76 points and well on course to return to top-flight rugby after a two-year hiatus, with Masinde Muliro University lying second with 67 points.
The Leos were to face the winner between Northern Suburbs and United States International University in the semi-finals. Masinde Muliro would have met the winner between Mean Machine from the University of Nairobi and Egerton Wasps before it was suspended and further nullified by KRU.
This means the play-offs are now on the table and the rugby season is on after the pandemic COVID-19 is curbed.