- The top-tier administrator reveals that matches might be played without fans after a Covid-19 incident confirmed in the country
Kenyan Premier League CEO Jack Oguda states the top tier matches might be played behind closed doors if need be to avoid the spread of the coronavirus. “We will have to wait for the experts to advise us on the issue before taking a step,” Oguda said.
On Friday, the Kenyan Government announced one confirmed Covid-19 case and suspended all public gatherings including sporting activities for the next 30-days. The fate that other nations had paid for the past few weeks has hit the financially struggling KPL.
Oguda has revealed the KPL has engaged the experts before deciding the league matches. This will affect the KPL teams as they will suffer another financial setback due to a lack of entrance fee revenue.
“Playing matches behind closed doors is also a solution to ensure the virus does not spread. However, we do not want to act in haste, we are waiting for the Government, who are the experts in this issue, to advise us.”
A couple of days ago Confederation of African Football (Caf) had ordered that the schedule matches will proceed as the WHO had not declared Covid19 a pandemic in Africa. The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) wrote to the requesting postponement of the Africa cup of Nation (Afcon) qualifier between the Harambee Stars and Comoros following the Government’s directive to suspend all international engagements.
The Harambee Stars squad of local-based players has already moved to camp ahead of the qualifier with foreign-based players set to Jet home in the coming week.
Kenya is second in Group G of the qualifiers after picking up two draws against Egypt (away in Cairo) and Togo in Nairobi, while Comoros are top on four points after beating Togo in Lome and drawing with Egypt.
As speculation on what will become world football in the Covid-19 pandemic, nothing concrete has been reached on whether the KPL matches will continue as scheduled!