COVID-19 outbreak prompts FKF to seek Comoros AFCON qualifier postponement

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa has confirmed that his office has written to CAF to have Kenya’s 2021 AFCON Qualifiers against Comoros postponed as a cautionary measure to help avoid the spread of the Corona Virus.

Harambee Stars are set to take on Les Coelacantes in back to back matches on the 25th and 29th of March but a government directive that has banned any international conferences (of more than 15 foreigners) of whatever nature from taking part in the country for the next 30-days, has put the two ties in question and hence forcing FKF’s hand.

“As you well know the Corona Virus outbreak is a serious issue and the national government has already directed that no conference of more than 15 foreigners should be held in the country this month. This affects our national teams and we cannot go against the directive,” Mwendwa exclusively told Soka.

Written to CAF

“We have therefore written to CAF asking for the postponement of the Comoros fixtures and are waiting on the response.”

Kenya is set to host the first-leg fixture on the 25th of this month at the MISC, Kasarani with the return-leg set to take place four days later in Moroni.

CAF on their part have said that they are not overly worried as they have already put up measures to monitor the evolution of the disease but if a situation requires then matches can be postponed, played behind closed doors or cancelled altogether. This is with all the Associations sporting events from the Champions League, Confederations Cup and the CHAN tournament.

The Corona Virus outbreak has thrown the sporting calendar into disarray with this year’s edition of the Magical Kenya Open golf tournament that was scheduled to be hosted in the country from mid-March being postponed to a later date. The national women’s beach volleyball team also failed to honour their return-leg Olympics qualifier against Nigeria, one of the countries that has confirmed cases of COVID-19.