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Football: KPL to resume on December 4

FOOTBALL By Ochieng Oyugi | November 24th 2021 | 3 min read
Joseph Wathira (L) of Wazito FC tackle Daniel Sakari of Kariobangi Sharks FC during their Kenyan Premier League match at Kasarani stadium in Nairobi on November 29, 2020. [Kelly Ayodi, Standard]

Kenyan Premier League ( KPL) is set to resume on December 4, 2021.

This follows an announcement made on Wednesday in Nairobi by the Football Kenya Federation ( FKF) Caretaker Committee.

The committee, led by Retired Justice Aaron Ringera met the club's management and chairmen at the Nyayo National Stadium where the date was unanimously fixed.

"We deliberated on some issues today. Key among them was the resumption date for the top tier league. We had set it for November 26 but changed it to December 4 to give the clubs ample time to prepare," FKF Caretaker Committee League, Compliance and Clubs Chairman Ali Amour told Standard Sports.

The meeting unanimously agreed that the league will be played on government facilities in Nairobi and these include Nyayo, Kasarani ( both Main and Annex) and the Utalii Sports Club grounds.

Both parties extensively discussed the fixtures which will be normalised to fit the clubs.

No team will be burdened with the match time table as the fixtures will be set to the teams satisfactions.

"We will harmonise the fixtures in terms of games, rest, travelling and training by teams," said Amour.

Clubs were urged to be fully compliant with the committee which they all agreed to adhere to.

The clubs agreed to avail four representatives who will engage the committee on a daily basis to ensure progress and development of the league.

"Other issues discussed were the growth of the clus and their youth teams and we are ready to mend any existing gap to ensure the teams grow and develop," said Amour.

At the same time, the committee declared that the ongoing National Super League games are just mere friendlies as no points will be awarded to winners.

AFC Leopards chairman, Dan Shikanda reiterated the league resumption was good news to football stakeholders, players and fans.

" We identified some of the problems bedevilling our football.It is also good to know that players are aware of why the league was stopped," said Shikanda.

"Halting the league gave us opportunity to give it a clear direction with a significant purpose. It gave clubs a chance to prepare well for the remaining matches. We took stock of where the rains started to beat us."

Shikanda, who is also a member of the other five committees supporting the FKF Caretaker Committee, gave assurance that players and clubs will get value for their money in the league to resume.

He reiterated that Covid-19 protocols would be followed to the letter during the games.

" It is good that Nyayo and Kasarani stadiums are spacious. They will hold good a number of fans in line with the Covid-19 protocols," he said.

Shikanda further assured that the FKF Committee will work on modalities for the clubs to be funded in the league which will be communicated in due course.

On its first day of operation on November 12, the committee unanimously suspended the FKF Premier League, National Super League, Division One league, Women's Premier League and Women's Division One League.

The committee also took over the national team Harambee Stars after FKF President Nick Mwendwa’s office was disbanded by the State upon recommendation of an inspection committee constituted by the Registrar of Sports Rose Wasike.

Mwendwa’s team has been denied access to the federation offices based at Kasarani as DCI and other government arms further investigate to establish the extent to which the misappropriation of funds at the football body.

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