The move by the government to lockdown 13 counties due to rising COVID-19 cases has once again tossed a spanner in the works for FKF Premier League.
The government on Thursday announced that 13 counties, most of them in the western region of the country, would be put under lockdown. The Ministry of Health confirmed rising infections in the said counties over the last 14 days.
Thus, following the announcement, the Ministry of Health halted movement into and out of the affected counties. This will affect FKF PL teams from the regions. Also banned were sporting activities, meaning that travelling into said counties for sports would not be allowed.
BREAKING: 7PM-4AM curfew imposed in Busia, Vihiga, Kisii, Nyamira, Kakamega, Kericho, Bomet, Bungoma, Trans-Nzoia, Kisumu, Siaya, Homa-Bay & Migori after gov't declared them COVID-19 hotspot zones, order takes effect tomorrow 18th June pic.twitter.com/dfqqE1E4rd
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Kakamega Homeboyz Chairman, Shimanyula told Goal.com that he got a phone call immediately after the announcement. Kakamega county is one of the counties under lock down
“Immediately after the government announced the lockdown, I got a phone call instructing me to stop training sessions. So we don’t know what to do next,” Shimanyula told Goal. He said that hosting the players in outside counties would be too costly.
“It will not be possible (to play the remaining matches). Now we have to wait for the Federation to give us direction on the matter.”
League fixtures in doubt
Other FKF teams affected by the lockdown include Western Stima based in Kisumu County, Vihiga United in Vihiga and Nzoia Sugar in Bungoma county. All these counties are among the 13 that have been put under lockdown.
Other counties in the lockdown are Nyamira, Kisii, Kericho, Bomet, Trans Nzoia, Siaya, Homa Bay and Migori.
Currently, the league has played 19 matches, still not on the 75 % fixture completion that would allow for the federation to end the league.
Additionally, it also throws a spanner in the works for FKF, which had set June 30th as the date they would announce Kenya’s CAF representative. The federation said that the team on top on 30th would be the one to represent Kenya in the continent.