Mwendwa: Soccer action to return soon
Barry Silah @obel_barry
Football Kenya Federation president Nick Mwendwa has hinted at the possibility of domestic league action resuming next month.
The country stopped all sporting activities in March this year following the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic.
Mwendwa confirmed over the weekend that from September 15, training will resume for the top tier men and women leagues.
“We are ready and we will be furnishing the Ministry of Sports with our plans. Ideally we have put in place measures like testing all players, officials and referees at least twice before the season kicks off between October 20 - 25.
Players have suffered enough so we want football to return, just like in foreign leagues, as long as protocols have been exhausted.
Of course we do not expect fans to be present to avoid any dangers. We are planning that the Betking Premier League, Betika National Super League and Women’s Premier League get ready and later move on to the other lower leagues,” he said.
At the same time, Mwendwa also revealed that there are plans to have at least two friendlies for Harambee Stars before the end of the year.
“At least before we play Comoros in the continental qualifiers, we need to have the national team busy and keep them in shape.
We have spoken to Sudan and two other countries so we are hopeful that even as the country opens up, we get confirmation.
Tentatively, we should be having those planned friendlies in October if all goes well,” he added.
The FKF boss who is running for a second term in next month’s national elections has expressed confidence that more sponsors would troop in once the Covid-19 situation stabilises.