- The Kenyan top tier coach Steven Polack alleges that a plot has been hatched by some of the Kenyan Premier League clubs calling for the cancellation of this season to deny K’Ogalo their fourth consecutive title.
There has been an increase in the number of clubs calling for the cancellation of the season. This has shocked Gor Mahia tactician who insists that this is part of the scheme to pressurize KPL to declare this season null and void.
“There is a scheme by coaches to ensure Gor Mahia is not declared champions. What has shocked me is that many of them know the law but are deliberately refusing to apply it,” said Polack.
Kisumu All Stars, Posta Rangers, Western Stima and Mathare United coaches have all publicly declared that the league should be canceled if the remaining 10 matches are not played.
AFC Leopards, Kakamega Homeboyz and Bandari have however protested against Gor Mahia being handed the trophy.
Wazito coach, Stewart Hall is the only KPL tactician who has so far called for Gor Mahia to be handed the trophy in the same scenario, the rest have advocated for non-discriminatory option to settle the dispute.
Polack emphasizes that the FKF rule is very clear, therefore, deciding the winner and the teams to be promoted in case the league is not completed due to natural calamity, political wars, and other factors.
“Let me ask them. If it was their teams that were leading in the league, would they opt for cancellation? They can use their numbers to influence KPL but we shall insist that the rule of law is used in any case the league matches don’t resume” he added.
Responding to Polack’s fears, KPL CEO Jack Oguda said they are yet to decide on the issue but agreed that the FKF rules are part and parcel of the league management body.
“Those rules are for us because we work under the federation. We shall decide on the way forward because our move shall be informed by the government decision concerning coronavirus,” Oguda said.
KPL matches were suspended indefinitely last month due to the deadly virus pandemic. Gor is leading the log on 54 points, seven more than second-placed Kakamega Homeboyz with 10 games to go.