Football Kenya Federation Chief Executive Officer Barry Otieno has warned that the local clubs will miss out the chance of participating on continental football if the top league in the country dos not start by November.
Yesterday the Federation released draft fixtures for the 2020/20121 FKF Premier League season,with the 1998 KPL champions AFC Leopards set to host Western Stima in the opening match on November 20 while defending champions Gor Mahia play away against Tusker a day later.
However before the 18-team teams kicks off their matches, the Federation must get ago ahead from the Ministry of sport due to Covid-19 restrictions.
The sport was branded a contact one by the ministry of sports and excluded from the first batch of disciplines allowed to restart on September 18 2020.Otieno said they were in talks with the relevant authorities to allow the league to kick off.
‘’Kenyan clubs might be ejected from Confederation of Africa Football fixtures (CAF) fixtures for the coming years if our league will not end up within the required period’’. Said Barry.
‘’However, we are not out of the woods yet but we have committed to ensuring all the laid down protocols are observed,” Barry told Radio Halisi .
‘’Our players will be match active to ensure Harambee Stars perform well in their international assignment if only the league is back,’’ he added.
“FKF have engaged the Ministry of Sports to explore the re-opening of football and we are in discussions. For instance, it is easy to ensure that no fans enter facilities like Nyayo National Stadium, Narok Stadium and Moi International Sports Centre as outlined in the protocols but what about other venues where you can’t control entry and exit?” asked Barry.