The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) was postponed in March after the country confirmed the first case of the Covid-19.
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa revealed on Wednesday the federation is working on finding partnerships aimed at cushioning players, coaches, referees and football stakeholders at large during the coronavirus pandemic.
Mwendwa stated FKF was also in talks with the Ministry of Sports and other stakeholders on the way forward.
“We have been in consultation with government, FIFA, and partners, and it is for this reason that we have asked for details from our KPL, NSL, Division One and Women Premier League clubs.
“We don’t have these resources yet, neither have we received commitment, but we remain optimistic that we will get a positive response,” said Mwendwa.
The FKF boss pointed out discussions are ongoing to support to lower-tier league clubs, which have also been negatively affected by the virus.
Mwendwa further urged Kenyans to observe the directives given by the Government to curb spread of Covid-19.
“We are in talks with our partners to help us offer support to our lower-tier league clubs. This is an ongoing discussion and we are hopeful that we will find a solution,” he said.
“I urge all our members to adhere to the Government’s directives aimed at containing the spread of the disease in the country.
“We are hopeful that in the coming months, we will all be free and football will return to normalcy,” Mwendwa concluded.
From the Kenyan Premier League to volleyball, rugby, basketball, hockey, handball and athletics, the athletes are struggling to deal with the partial lockdown that has turned their daily lives upside down.
President Uhuru Kenyatta promised to use the Sport, Arts and Social Development Fund to cushion all the athletes from the ravages of the pandemic.
In Wednesday’s public address to the nation, President Uhuru said the Government was working out on modalities to help sportsmen and women.
Uhuru’s statement came barely two weeks after he directed the Ministry of Sports to set aside Sh100 million to cushion local athletes from the effects of Covid-19.