‘It’s a marathon’ – FKF’s Mwendwa on crowded match list
The boss of the federation reveals to Goal why they are rushing against the clock to conclude the high-flying season 2020-2021
Football Kenya Federation has called on FKF Premier League clubs “to persevere for now” as they strive to end the 2020-21 season on schedule.
The Kenyan elite are currently rocked by a crowded fixture list after the league’s flow ceased in March following the government’s decision to suspend all sporting activities in a bid to help curb the spread of the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
The move forced the federation to start planning from square one when the league resumed after 56 days in the cold, and teams are now forced to play two to three matches per week to ensure the league is concluded in accordance with the Caf calendar.
As fatigue begins to take its toll on players and conditions at available match venues, especially for Nairobi-based teams, also deteriorate, FKF President Nick Mwendwa said. Goal they have no other route to take than to run the league like a marathon to the end.
What did Mwendwa say?
“It’s a marathon now, that’s how the league has to end,” Mwendwa said. Goal the Saturday. “We have no options, we have a deadline to conclude the league and we have to strive to meet it.
“It’s not our [FKF] fault but because of nature, Covid-19 came and disrupted the beautiful game, so we don’t have a lot of options, I just want to appeal to the teams to stay calm, persevere and understand the situation , they have to know the season has to be played until the end and for us to beat the deadline, so a crowded list of matches is a must.
“We know how difficult it is for the players, but that’s how it is.”
What did Shimanyula say?
Kakamega Homeboyz chairman Cleophas Shimanyula backed the federation’s decision to rush the league to a conclusion insisting anything can happen between now and the end of the league.
“We don’t know what’s going to happen next, Covid-19 is still with us and they [government] might be forced to put another lockdown if the numbers go up soon, even if we play four to five matches a week I don’t see any problem, ”Shimanyula said Goal the Saturday.
Caf ticket for June 30?
The delayed end of the Kenyan league has already forced the federation to declare that the team that will be at the top of the 18-team standings by June 30 will be given the ticket to represent the country in the Caf Champions League.
This is after Caf sets June 30 as the date to submit the names of all inter-club representatives from all affiliated countries and on that date the Kenyan league will still be in suspension and without a winner.