- A letter has been sent by the Premier League body to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in protest of the decision made by the Football Kenya Federation (FKF).
Last week’s announcement by FKF which declared the end of the League and named the champions has since been termed as an “unfair” and “disappointing” decision. Ideally, the letter from CAF was selectively interpreted and important segments ignored.
The disregarded part of the CAF letter reads: “Once we determine the date we are able to resume footballing activities, we would advise you when the leagues must be completed and concessions that would be made with regards to names submission, player registration, and date next season will commence.”
Sports across the globe have been decimated by the coronavirus pandemic. The Confederation body mentioned that they, too, were monitoring the Covid-19 outcomes and made inquiries from all its members on the same. No deadline was indicated for the end of the national league.
The segment states: “Given the current circumstances, we would like to enquire about the current situation of your national leagues /national as well as the strategies you intend to apply to finalize those competitions be it through completion or annulment.”
The Confederation body wrote: “We would appreciate receiving a reply by the 5th of May 2020, to enable us to design a plan for the organization of our inter-club competitions during next season.”
In response to the letter from CAF, Football Kenya Federation CEO Barry Otieno followed up with an official letter on the evening of the announcement.
The letter focused on government regulations meant to curb the spread of coronavirus in Kenya. This includes an insistence on social distancing and cessation in high-risk areas as reasons for the premature end of the season.
The letter also mentioned the fact that all stadiums have been closed for an unspecified period. FKF stated: “Made it untenable to conclude the 2019/2020 league season in time for the kickoff of the 2020/2021 season.”
Following the stand of KPL to manage the Premier League as per the rules and regulations of the FKF-KPL agreement, the body has written a letter to CAF objecting to the decision.