The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) will begin testing players and officials today (Tuesday), even as FKF pushed the league return date forward.
FKF, on Monday evening, also confirmed that they had pushed the date of the league return from May 12 to May 14. This was confirmed in a statement by the FKF CEO, Barry Otieno, to all premier league clubs.
League to resume on May 14
“Reference is made to the presidential address on May 1, 2021, that allows the resumption of the sporting activity,” Otieno said, “In this regard and after consultations with the Sports Ministry, we wish to inform you that the FKF plans to kick off the Premier League on May 14, 2012, under strict observance of the existing government COVID-19 protocols and the FKF/CAF COVID-19 competition protocols.”
Thus, Otieno said that the Federation would kick off the COVID-19 testing of all premier league clubs on Tuesday, May 11.
“In relation to the above, we wish to inform you of the FKF plans to start the COVID-19 testing exercise tomorrow (Tuesday, May 11, 2021). We, therefore, urgently request your club to provide the Federation with details listed below by tomorrow (Tuesday), May 11, 8.00 am to guide the testing process.”
Deadline for submissions
Each club will submit a list of 25 players and 30 officials for the testing, with the club contact person also submitting their number and email address.
The Federation warned the clubs that would not make the deadline for submission that would be forced to foot their bills in testing the players and officials.
FKF had set May 12 as the date for the league resumption, but the Ministry of Health failed to give the green light on time. However, testing protocols may have been the reason for the delay.
The league will now resume on Friday, with the scheduled matches that were to take place on Friday set to go on. Those that were to begin on Wednesday will now have to be rescheduled for a later date.