In the wake of the confirmation by the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) ending leagues in the country, there have been reactions across the board. Adding his voice to the same, Kenya Police Coach Charles Korea Omondi opted to look at the positives coming from the move, declaring it a good one for the cash strapped teams.
While he congratulated Gor Mahia for winning the Kenyan Premier League (KPL), and Nairobi City Stars and Bidco FC on being promoted to the top tier, he admitted the early break will give teams more time to seek firmer financial bases.
“This move is going to positively impact the teams in the various leagues financially, in that it gives them ample time to find a financial source to back them up ahead of the pre-season,” said Coach Omondi.
With the country pressed by tight timelines due to the spread of coronavirus and measures to control the same, the Federation invoked Rule 18.104.22.168 of the Rules and Regulations Governing Kenyan Football, which states:
“Where the league format due to circumstances of force majeure fails to be completed within the season, the league winner shall be determined as follows; 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 announcement caught many by surprise, but the fact that it is well enshrined in the FKF rules has Coach Omondi’s support.
“As a football fraternity, we are guided by the FIFA calendar and as such FKF’s president, Nick Mwendwa, made an administrative move to cancel the FKF leagues as per the rules and regulations governing Kenyan football,” he continued.
His team was competing for promotion to the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) but as a true sportsman, he left his goodwill message for the top teams – City Stars and Bidco – who will gain the automatic slots. Meanwhile, Vihiga United will face off with Kisumu All Stars in the promotion/relegation playoff.
“I would like to congratulate Bidco United and Nairobi City Stars for being promoted to the Kenyan Premier League after a long time; they rose to the league out of merit and not by chance,” he concluded.
Across all the seven tiers of Kenyan football, there has been no complaint following the announcement to end the season, save for the KPL, who have written to CAF to register their disagreement.