The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has begun testing players ahead of the Premier League’s return.
After months of uncertainty, the FKF finally got the go-ahead from the Ministry of Sports to resume football activities.
COVID-19 Sports protocols
The Sports Ministry had directed in their protocols that all clubs needed to have all their staff and players undergo mandatory COVID-19 tests. This testing was to happen before the league kicks-off on November 28.
Indeed, in keeping with the directive, Kenya’s clubs in the FKF Premier League started the tests ahead of the League start.
Kariobangi Sharks, KCB, and Bidco United were the first clubs to undergo the testing. The testing process took place at Thika Stadium and Utalii grounds on Monday, November 23.
Further testing from Tuesday and Wednesday
Then on Tuesday, Bandari FC, Nzoia Sugar, Western Stima, Kakamega Homeboys, Wazito, Tusker, and Posta Rangers will take the test. These tests will take place at the KPA Sports Club Mbaraki, Sudi Stadium (Nzoia), Moi Stadium (Kisumu), Bukhungu Stadium, Marist University College, and Utalii Grounds, respectively.
Then on Wednesday, Vihiga United, Nairobi City Stars, and AFC Leopards will close the testing process. The COVID-19 testing process will take place at Senende High School in Vihiga, Ligi Ndogo grounds, and De Paul Center Karen, respectively.
Preparation match to gauge preparedness
FKF has confirmed that it will organize a preparation match today, with Kariobangi Sharks taking on newly-promoted Bidco United. FKF CEO Barry Otieno said they would use that match to gauge their preparedness ahead of the new season.
This season, the FKF Premier League will see the winner take home a new trophy. Nick Mwendwa, FKF President, said they were set to bring in a new gold trophy from Dubai.
Furthermore, the Premier League Management Committee will now run the FKF Premier League. This new development follows the expiry of the contract between FKF and KPL Limited.