The Embu County League 2019-2020 season has been annulled, with clubs set for a return next season, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The league consists of 15 teams that play 28 matches home and away with the top two teams acquiring a ticket for Mini-Ligue, where they seek promotion to Division 2.
However, by the time the league had been halted due to COVID-19, they had only played an average of 12 matches, making it impossible to plan for the remaining fixtures with the current pandemic situation.
Speaking with wakajuaness.com in an interview, the FKF Chairman in Lower Eastern Branch Charles Njagi revealed that, although the teams have invested in the county league, the current situation can not be ignored.
He further added that the decision to annul the league was in line with the existing laws in the Football Kenya Federation (FKF), and that the return of the League would be determined by the football calendar.
“We must follow government regulations. The decision of canceling and continuing with the league lies squarely on stakeholders and existing laws. The calendar of international football bodies such as FIFA, CAF, CECAFA and FKF will provide guidelines on the restart of the league” he said.
According to Njagi, the matches played do not meet the rules set by Football Kenya Federation, where if every team had played more than 20 matches, the 75% rule would have applied to crown the table leaders as winners and relegate the bottom teams.
He also revealed that henceforth, teams that have the financial muscles to participate in Divison 2 will be allowed to do so, because the league had been canceled with no clear winner.
“The able teams which have adequate funds will acquire a ticket for division 2 in the coming season as we try to come up with future plans” he revealed.
Before the Covid-19 pandemic, the teams were remaining with two matches to end the first leg campaign. The table leaders 3K FC was yet to taste defeat in the competition, topping the table with 34 points.
They were followed by Ewasco Fc at number two, which had secured 29 points after playing the same number of matches.
Speaking with Joel Murimi who plays for Kaangumu Sacco Fc, he felt it was fair to cancel the league as they must adhere to government directives.
The fans on their part are expecting more teams to participate in this competition in the next campaign.