Football Kenya Federation has commenced the exercise of testing local Premier league players for Covid-19 ahead the league commencement on Friday, May 14, 2021.
This is in line with the protocols set in place by the Ministries of Health and Sports, in a move aimed at combating the spread of the disease amongst the stakeholders of the game.
On Tuesday, newly promoted side Bidco United, Mathare United, record league champions Gor Mahia, KCB FC, Kariobangi Sharks, Posta Rangers, and Kakamega Homeboyz were the first to get tested at the Delmonte Grounds, GOAN Institute, Ligi Ndogo grounds, Ruaraka grounds, Jamhuri grounds, and Bukhungu Stadium respectively.
Western Stima, Nairobi City Stars, AFC Leopards, Bandari FC, Tusker FC, Nzoia Sugar will be tested on Wednesday, at the Evangelic Harvest fellowship church, Ligi Ndogo grounds, GEMS Cambridge, Mbaraki grounds, Ruaraka grounds, and Sudi Stadium respectively.
Ulinzi Stars, Sofapaka, Wazito, and Vihiga United will close the Covid-19 testing exercise on Thursday, May 13, 2021, at the Eastleigh High School (Sofapaka), Marist College(Wazito), Senede High School(Vihiga).
The FKF has further warned clubs that cannot make the deadline to submit the required information will be forced to foot their own bills in the exercise of testing the players and officials: “Please note any club that fails to provide the aforementioned information within the stipulated timeline will be required to cater for the cost of Covid-19 testing,” concluded the statement.
The change in the date for the resumption of the league means FKF has pushed Wednesday matches to Friday.
According to the fixture released earlier for Wednesday’s resumption, 13-time champions AFC Leopards were to host Mathare United at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani in Nairobi, while Wazito and 19-time champions Gor Mahia were to face off later at the same venue.
Round 17 of the BetKing Premier League matches is set to kick off on Friday, May 14, 2021.