The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) could in the coming few days be forced to stop the current football season if the coronavirus situation in the country doesn’t improve, the federation CEO, Barry Otieno has confirmed.
The last match in the country was played in the second week of March before leagues and other competitions were suspended. While it was expected that by end of April action would have resumed, matters took a turn for the worst with growing numbers of positive cases.
Countrywide night curfew and restricted movement through counties have further clouded the possibility of leagues resuming. Otieno confirms to Soka that if it doesn’t improve in the next two weeks, the federation will be forced to make a big decision.
“If the situation will not have improved by May 15, and if we still have the current restrictions, then leagues will stop as they were and we will use the FKF regulations to determine who the winner will be,” he said.
For the case of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) at the time of stoppage, Gor Mahia, having played 23 matches, were leading on 54 points, seven ahead of Kakamega Homeboyz who had played 22 matches. Tusker, on 22 matches as well, were third with 46 points and Ulinzi Stars fourth on the log with 43 points having played 23 matches.
In the FKF regulations guiding the decisions on an incomplete league, the case for less than 75% of league games having been played, the side topping the table at midseason will take home the winner’s trophy.
“Where all the Clubs in the league have completed the first round fixture but less than 75% league games have been played, the table standings at the end of the first round shall be considered as the final table standing of the league,” the rule states.
Gor Mahia top
With Sony Sugar earlier relegated from the league, if this rule is applied with the consideration of 17 teams, it will be assumed that after 16 matches Gor Mahia will still bag the title. At the point where all teams had featured in 16 matches, Gor Mahia were top with 39 points, five ahead of second placed Tusker.
Further, going with the KPL midseason log, Chemelil Sugar will stand relegated, having managed just four points then, and being four points behind Kisumu AllStars – the side occupying the playoff spot.
In the second tier – the Betika National Super League – Nairobi City Stars were top of the standings and primed for promotion, with 64 points from 26 matches while Bidco United were second on 54 points from 26 matches. Vihiga United were occupying the playoff slot with 52 points having played 27 matches.