Four teams in the Betking Premier League will have to look for alternative match venues after more stringent Covid-19 preventive measures were imposed on the counties from where they reside.
Only Kakamega Homeboyz from the quartet were active over the weekend and only because they had an away fixture in Nairobi. Nzoia Sugar, Western Stima and Vihiga United had to sit out the league’s round 20 fixtures.
The third wave of the pandemic has been on the rise in the counties- among others- of Vihiga, Kisumu, Kakamega and Bungoma. These are the four hosts to the quartet who play their home matches in Sudi (Nzoia), Mumias (Vihiga Utd), Kakamega (Homeboyz) and Moi Stadium (Western Stima).
While the country’s football governing body Football Kenya Federation (FKF) seeks to engage the government on how best to aid especially the premier league teams affected, the clubs on their own accord, have started hunting for match venues outside of the affected areas.
Homeboyz for example, think of taking their matches in Nakuru but are yet to land on a good ground.
”We are talking to a few International schools with good fields in Nakuru and some other areas and as soon as we reach an agreement we might have a breakthrough. Afraha is currently under construction and it wold have been the best option for us,” says a source at the club.
Meanwhile, Nzoia, Stima and United wait on the FKF’s directive- set to come this week as the teams prepare for week 21 of the league. Homeboyz’s next fixture was to be a home tie against top-of-the-table Kenya Commercial Bank this Friday.
Vihiga United and Western Stima have away engagements to Bidco United and Tusker respectively while Nzoia, having another home game, might have to sit out round 21 again.