May 17, 2020 Patrick Korir

JJF Jamii Cup return shelved

Black Stars wins JJJ Jamii Cup after seeing off City Stars 1-0 at Camp Toyoyo on Sat 14 Dec 2019

Had it been business as usual, the Betika Super League (BSL) would have wrapped its season with round 38 games on Saturday 16 May 2020.

The grand finale would have confirmed the final two promoted teams, and playoff team placed third, as well as the two teams to join already relegated Northern Wanderers out of the league.

But it’s been business unusual, as the league stalled two months before after round 28 on Saturday 14 March 2020 due to the Corona Virus pandemic that put a stop to all sporting activities.

Consequently, and with an unrealistic future ahead, the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) brought the league to an end and applied the rule book that confirmed Nairobi City Stars and Bidco United as promoted with Vihiga United destined for the playoffs. St. Joseph’s and Administration Police were sent downwards to division one.

On the final day that was not to be, City Stars would have been away to Kibera Black Stars just as was the case last season.

Stakes were at the highest in that season-ender for Simba Wa Nairobi as Black Stars ended the team’s 18-match unbeaten run in December – and 22 overall considering games from the other season.

Besides, Black Stars claimed a Kshs 20,000 bounty and the newly introduced Jonathan Jackson Foundation (JJF) Jamii Cup much to the chagrin of the City Stars establishment.

Speaking on the Cup, City Stars team coordinator Samson Otieno has hinted at having the reverse JJF Jamii Cup game somewhere before next season.

“It was a match up we had been waiting for. We wanted to end the season on a high by reclaiming the JJF Jamii Cup from Black Stars and avenge the first leg loss that ended our unbeaten check,”

“But with the prevailing conditions this has to be shelved till an appropriate time. We will consider the return game in the preseason.” he added.

During the last game between the two, MVP’s from either side; Charles Otieno (City Stars) and Bill Clinton Okumu (Black Stars) were each rewarded with a pair of boots from JJF.

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