The BetKing Premier League 2020/21 season will go on an indefinite break after the announcement by the Kenyan government that all sporting activities stop as a result of the rising Covid-19 positive cases. The decision to suspend all sports in the country comes at a time when the leagues were halfway through the season and most teams have already suspended their training sessions.
The previous season- 2019/20 was never played to completion and Gor Mahia were awarded the league title with slightly over half the season’s matches played. This time round, Tusker sit at the top with the defending champions languishing in 7th place. Kakamega Homeboyz, who finished second from last season, are in 8th.
Coach Nicholas Muyoti saw his team start the season slow, contrary to what was expected of Homeboyz but his charges had began staging a gradual comeback. He feels hard done by the decision.
”It’s obvious team trainings will have to be suspended too and that means again we cannot fully monitor the progress of our players just in case the league returns abruptly,” he says.
Homeboyz had won their last two away matches and were scheduled to face Kariobangi Sharks on Friday, 2 April.
His compatriot, Ibrahim Shikanda, out with Nzoia Sugar in Sudi, feels that sports was the one entity that adhered to the laid down Covid-19 preventive measures.
”There was a directive by the Ministry of Sports for us to follow a specific set of guidelines if sports was to resume. These we did fully and even amongst our playing units, we haven’t had cases of Covid. Most matches are also played behind closed doors so fans are still not allowed,” says Shikanda.
The first leg of Kenya’s biggest fixture, the Mashemeji Derby has already been played, and successfully so, with no fans allowed in the stadium. As the league goes on a break, Tusker sit firmly in the driving seat on 36 points from 16 matches and Kenya Commercial Bank follow closely with 30 from 15 matches.
Fans, who were used to catching the BKPL matches live on StarTimes, will have to undergo another spell of no football action as players also face an uncertain future.