Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa is hoping the FKF Premier League will return soon.
Speaking on Saturday when he led players of several clubs in receiving the COVID-19 Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, Mwendwa said that it is necessary for football to resume soon, to help the national teams in forthcoming World Cup qualifiers.
Mwendwa says that after every premier league club would have received their vaccines, there is no way the Ministry of Health and that of Sports should not give the federation the go-ahead to resume football.
While hoping for a April 24 safe resumption, Mwendwa says that Harambee Stars are set to play Uganda on June 5 in a World Cup qualifier, and not resuming football will only but derail national team’s chances of performing well.
“Tunaomba tukishamaliza vaccination exercise in all the clubs, Ministry of Health na Sports watukubalie haraka iwezekanavyo turudi viwanjani ili tumalize ligi in time na timu ya taifa ijiandae kwa World Cup qualifiers. Tarehe tano tuna tuna mechi na Uganda. Ligi ya Uganda inaendelea wakati yatu imesitishwa,” said Mwendwa.
Mwendwa says that the resumption of the leagues will help the players maintain match fitness and create a pool of players that can be called up to do duty in the National Team as they prepare for the 2022 Qatar World Cup.
The vaccination process was facilitated by FKF in conjunction with the Ministry of Sports and Ministry of Health in a move to facilitate the safe resumption of football in the country.
“I would like to appreciate the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Sports, Culture, and Heritage for making the vaccine available to our players and now appeal to them to push for the safe resumption of Football in the country, to help us continue feeding the National team who are getting ready to take part in the 2022 Qatar World Cup Qualifiers in June,” added Mwendwa.