Oguda confident on KPL league completion as the pandemic continues to disrupt sports activities

  • Kenyan Premier League (KPL) management is confident that it’s still possible to resume play and completing the season, despite the cessation of movement in and out of Nairobi and Mombasa being extended by 30 days.

KPL CEO Jack Oguda said the governing council would be in a position to make the final decision this week.

“We are going to meet this week and deliberate on the recent developments especially with the extension of the cession of movement in the capital city which host majority of KPL matches,” Oguda said.

“I believe everything is possible and therefore we will share out our resolutions and of course seriously taking into consideration the health and safety of our players,” he added.

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Despite the Football Kenya Federation’s (FKF) decision to end the 2019/20 season in May and declaring Gor Mahia champions, last week, KPL announced plans to resume the league once they get the go-ahead from the government.

According to the Homeboyz CEO Bernard Shitiabayi, it is still possible to resume the league even in September, giving an example of last season when KPL had a crunch fixture when pushing to finish the season and run in line with Fifa calendar.

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“Everything is possible. It is not too late to complete the season,” Shitiabayi said.

However, Shitiabayi’s belief differs from the Western Stima boss Laban Jobita who said it would be impossible for clubs to play within a short period.

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“KPL should consider the financial implications before making any decisions. KPL itself has been struggling with finances since the beginning of the season and therefore we should be careful,” Jobita said.

Although there is a rift between the two governing bodies KPL and FKF, KPL insists they are the body mandated to run the league as per the agreement with FKF and, therefore, any decision touching on the league should be made by them.

Last week, Kakamega Homeboyz Chairman Cleophas Shimanyula reveals that all clubs are behind KPL. as the restriction of movement has been extended for a further 30 days, KPL is yet to communicate on the way forward but holds that there is still hopes to complete the season. 

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