The Football Kenya Premier League has released the first round of fixtures after the Sports Ministry gave it the greenlight.
The Sports Ministry, in a statement today, announced that they were allowing the resumption of low contact sports in the country. This lifting restriction follows months of tentative agreements on when to resume sports.
Ministry issued guidelines
In the statement to Sports journalists, The Ministry outlined the sports it allowed to resume action.
The sports to resume operations will include Low-Risk Contact Sports, with the Premier competitions in such sports allowed to go on. However, activities in the lower tier competitions would not resume just yet.
Furthermore, they also maintained that High-Risk Contact Sports would remain in suspension. They also allowed National Teams to resume training as they prepared for international competitions. The resumption would also include High-Risk Contact sports of national teams preparing for international events. However, the teams to such sports would prepare for the event behind closed door camps.
No spectators in stadia
However, there was terrible news for spectators of the sports that would resume. The Ministry remains adamant that spectators would not attend the matches in the stadia following match resumption.
Nick Mwendwa said that they remained in the dark over how long they would play without fans. However, he urged the players to buy decoders from the League broadcast partner, StarTimes, to watch the matches. This move comes even as some teams hold back on signing the deal with the new Broadcaster.
Football is among the low-risk contact sports, and following the announcement, FKF released the first rounds of fixtures. The move follows a week in which the Federation conducted tests on all the Top-Tier clubs’ players. They completed the last of such tests on Wednesday.
Below, we look at the first round of fixtures in the new FKF Premier League fixtures.
AFC Leopards vs. Tusker, which will be live on StarTimes.
Vihiga United Vs. Kakamega Homeboyz (Mumias Sports Complex, Kakamega)
Bandari Vs Sofapaka (Mbaraki Stadium, Mombasa)
Nairobi City Stars vs. Nzoia Sugar (Nyayo Stadium, Nairobi)
Kariobangi Sharks vs. Wazito (Kasarani Stadium, Nairobi)
Posta Rangers Vs. KCB (Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos)
Western Stima vs. Bidco United (Moi Stadium, Kisumu)