- Former Harambee Star and Kenya Footballers Welfare Association (Kefwa) President James Situma has stated the reasons why the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) should wait for a little longer before providing a road map for the 2020/21 season.
All leagues were canceled in May due to the ongoing coronavirus restrictions and are expected to give a clear way on how next season will run but Situma believes it would be proper to see the reaction of the government before the federation plans ahead.
“I think it is not proper for the federation to give a roadmap for the new season now because everyone is waiting to see what President Uhuru Kenyatta will say in the few coming days concerning the curfew and ban on public gatherings,” Situma said.
“We are still in partial lockdown and it is only wise to wait and see what the government will say. We will need a program when everything is clear.
“We are hoping to re-open but again it is still a 50/50 situation and we should be ready to go with the decision of the state,” he observed.
On the recently approval Fifa’s COVID‑19 relief plan that will see Kenya get $1 million Situma feels if the help extends to players, then it will be a great deal for them.
“It is a plus for the players since they have experienced salary delays due to the ongoing pandemic,” the former Sofapaka and Tusker captain stated.
“These are men who earn their daily bread by playing and some have had their salaries cut so, I can admit it has been a very trying moment for our players indeed,” he said.
After Fifa approved the relief plan, they made it clear that its grants and loans can extend to everyone in the footballing fraternity in each country.
“Both grants and loans can be directed by member associations to the wider football community in their respective territories, including clubs, players, leagues, or others that have been affected,” Fifa said.