- As the novel Coronavirus continue to bite, Bandari Technical Director Twahir Muhiddin has revealed they should be given a ticket to represent Kenya in the Caf Confederation Cup should the FKF Shield Cup is canceled.
The FKF Shield competition had reached the last sixteen and Bandari was due to face Sofapaka. With the tournament now facing uncertainty owing to the disruption posed by the pandemic, the Dockers feel they should be given the chance to represent the country again.
Earlier on, while ending the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) 2019/2020 season, (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa submitted Gor Mahia’s name to Caf for Champions League. He further confirmed the country might miss out on Confederation Cup if the Shield Cup is not played to the end as there were no rules to decide the shield winner.
Muhiddin also acknowledged that Kenya will take time to control the Covid-19 virus which has stopped several sporting activities across the world.
“The current situation afflicting the world is understandable even to Caf and Fifa and as long as the virus remains, the status quo in regards to Kenya’s case should remain,” Muhiddin said.
He added, “We are the defending champions of the FKF Cup and as such, FKF should take the bold step of coronating us as champions instead of having the country miss out on the Confederation Cup.”
Muhiddin has challenged FKF a day after Sofapaka president Elly Kalekwa urged FKF and KPL to annul the league and allow Gor Mahia and Bandari to carry the country’s flag in the Champions League and Confederation Cup respectively.
“We should just swallow our pride and make a decision for once, let’s cancel the league and forget that we even had a league going on from the start and then we allow previous winners – (Gor Mahia – league) and (Bandari – domestic Cup) – to go for the Caf competitions,” Kalekwa said.
Bandari’s Caf competition dreams last season was short-lived after losing 5-2 on aggregate to Guinean side Horoya AC in the play-off stage.