Former Bandari FC and Nzoia Sugar FC head coach Bernard Mwalala says the suspension of sports in the country will negatively affect both the players and the coaching staff, and the national football team.
Last Friday, President Uhuru Kenyatta directed that all sporting activities be stopped as a way of cubing the fast-spreading COVID-19 virus in the country.
There has been an outcry from stakeholders over the move and Mwalala feels this will hurt players, coaching staff among other people.
“This is a big blow to players, coaches and other people involve in the game. Football was just picking up after a long break and now we are back to zero. This will definitely hurt stakeholders both mentally and economically, I wish it was handled better,” the tactician said.
The former Kenyan international also feels the move will hurt the national team Harambee Stars who will start their World Cup qualification in June.
“We saw how local players performed recently during the international break. If you ask me, the core and the future of the national team lies in our local league and these players need to be active by playing week in week out, we need to start our world cup preparations with fully-fit and ready players,” the ex-speedy forward added.
Before the head of state’s announcement, Betking Premier League sides were readying themselves for Match Day 17.