The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) is set be scrapped of defending champions For Mahia crowned champions for a record 18th time.
According to Goal, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Tuesday gave the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) eight days to inform them of the fate of the 2019/20 domestic season after an abrupt break on March 16 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“We would like to enquire about the current situation of your national league/National Cup [ranking, number of pending matches, etc.] as well as the strategies you intend to apply to finalise those competitions be it through completion or annulment,” the letter from CAF reads in part.
FKF CEO Barry Otieno confirmed that the season will be called off and the FKF’s rules used to determine the champion and teams to be relegated.
“We will have to end the league now because the Covid-19 pandemic is still with us and Caf are asking for our response in eight days,” Otieno is quoted by Goal.
Gor Mahia who are currently leading the 17-team table standings on 54 points, will likely be declared the champions if FKF uses clause 2.6.1 of the promotion and relegation of teams.
Clause 126.96.36.199 states: “Where all the clubs in the league have completed the first-round fixtures but less than 75 per cent league games have been played, the table standings at the end of the first round shall be considered as the final table standings of the league.”
With ten matches to play in the KPL, 68 per cent of the games have been played, meaning the first leg table standings will be used to declare Gor Mahia champions.
In the relegation battle, Chemelil will join already relegated Sony Sugar in National Super League (NSL) next season, while Kisumu All-Stars will battle with the third-place finisher in NSL in the playoff match.