Football Kenya Federation has heightened its measures on COVID-19. This is as a result of the scheduled return of action for various leagues under the federation. Having been cleared by the government to re-start the league, FKF has hence released a return procedure for various leagues. As the BetKing Premier League is set to return to action on 14th May, a number of activities are currently being carried out by the federation. Unlike the first resumption when coronavirus broke in the country, this resumption has seen clubs being tested for coronavirus.
Among the first clubs to be tested yesterday before the resumption was Kenyan giants Gor Mahia. The list of clubs whose players were tested on Tuesday was as well, Bidco, Mathare United, KCB, Kakamega Homeboyz, Posta Rangers, and Kariobangi Sharks. The testing schedule is set to have Western Stima, AFC Leopards, Nairobi City Stars, Tusker and Nzoia FC players being tested on Wednesday.
Unluckily, the FIFA relegated side Zoo FC has not been slotted anywhere for the testing schedule. This is despite the fact that the club is said to have appealed against the FIFA decision. Having been banned from participating in the league, FKF made it clear that the club will not have a place at the competition.
The rollout testing plans limits clubs to provide a list of 25 players and ten officials. Anybody that exceeds that number has, therefore, to organize for themselves or the club to cater for the extra expenses. Despite the capped number of those being tested by FKF, the decision is indeed a big relief to the majority of the clubs in the country.
BetKing returns to action
Since putting to pen the sponsorship deal, Nigeria based bookmakers Betking haven’t had the real touch of the Kenyan league. The league started slowly with a myriad of issues at hand. First and foremost, issues surrounded the current pandemic. One more other thorny issue was the stance that the federation had taken with some clubs. In continued outbursts, FKF president Nick Mwendwa had even threatened to relegate some clubs from participating in the league.
Some of those clubs that were highly targeted were giants Gor Mahia, Ulinzi Stars, Mathare United and Zoo FC who adamantly refused to endorse a broadcast deal. StarTimes had been presented as the broadcast of the league for the next seven years something which caught the club’s rough shoulders.
With the resumption, different clubs will be aiming to outshine others. The top targets for the resumption will be defending champions Gor Mahia who have had the worst season. Clubs such as Tusker will be aiming to continue with their form in the league. Leading with 36 points, the Ruaraka based club will be aiming to wrestle Gor Mahia’s dominance. Gor Mahia has won the league four consecutive seasons.
AFC Leopards who have posted good results this season are also in a good position of winning the BetKing league. For that to happen, however, the club will have to maintain its consistency.