Nairobi City Stars, as well as all other clubs in the country, will have to sit out all manner of games from Mon 15 March 2020 following a release by Football Kenya Federation (FKF).
This is after the Ministry of Health confirmed on Friday 13 March 2020 the country’s first Corona Virus (COVID-19) case.
As a result, all sporting activities across the country have been brought to a halt following a Government statement earlier in the day. Football was not an exception.
Notwithstanding, selected games will be played across the weekend till Sunday meaning a round 28 Betika Super League (BSL) between Nairobi City Stars and Nairobi Stima will proceed as planned at Camp Toyoyo on Saturday starting 3pm.
May it be noted the game will be played behind closed doors with no fans allowed to watch as per the guidelines provided by FKF. Relating to this clubs have been directed to advise their fans to desist from going to the stadium.
Further, FKF wants the following to be observed in full;
-No pre-match and post-match handshakes between the players and officials
-Handshakes between the coaches and the match officials are also scrapped
– Clubs are advised to carry with them adequate hand sanitizers
Commenting on the developments club CEO Patrick Korir had this to say;
“We were a bit lost when the Government announced postponement of major event including sports. Obviously we had been shaping up for our game at the weekend and we can now finalize on the planning,”
“As City Stars we will observe all the guidelines provided by FKF to the letter. Thereafter we will await further directions on what will happen to subsequent games.”
About Corona Virus
According to World Health Organization (WHO) Corona virus is a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. The recently discovered corona virus causes an infectious disease called COVID-19 .
Common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea.
Studies to date suggest that the virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through contact with respiratory droplets rather than through the air.