- The Three Kenyan Premier League top tier coaches have urged the current season to be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The trio opposed handing over the trophy to Gor Mahia if the coronavirus pandemic, that has claimed eleven lives in the country, persists.
Mathare United tactician Salim Ali, Western Stima coach Salim Babu and Kisumu All-Stars George Aroka have now joined Posta Rangers coach Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo, who has been advocating for the league to be canceled if the remaining matches won’t be completed by May 24, when this season was initially scheduled to end.
Ali’s issue is with those advocating for Gor Mahia to be handed the title. He dashes FKF rule saying, “As a coach, I know the rules being quoted but even in England they apply when it is evident the top team has left others by a wide margin.”
He believes his 8th placed Mathare can still make to top-five. Gor Mahia is perched at the top of the KPL table, seven points ahead of Kakamega Homeboyz.
“The best option and fair way to determine this season’s league winner is to ensure the remaining 10 matches are played. If this is not possible, then the league should be canceled,” Ali added.
The Kisumu all-Stars team is battling relegation but is Aroka confident he will avoid relegation. He said, “You can’t say All-Stars will be relegated yet I have 10 games to play, six being at home. I’m sure of winning at least four home games and survive the ax.”
“We have all spent resources this season and the cancellation of the league will be the best idea rather than using rules that are unfair to other teams,” he added.
Babu’s Western Stima are seventh on the log with 36 points and the tactician said the best decision should the league not be completed, will be for the whole season to be declared null and void.
“Even if my team is in the middle of the table, that doesn’t mean I support unpopular decisions. We can cancel the season instead of making other teams feel the rules are biased to them,” he said.
KPL CEO Jack Oguda told the coaches to go slow on the issues as all available options were being explored, but maintained that the league remains suspended at the moment.