March 26, 2021 Patrick Korir

Season suspended

Nairobi City Stars shared spoils (1-1) with Vihiga United in a fifth round Premier League game on Wed 22 Dec 2020 at Utalii grounds. Pictured - goal scorer Sven Yidah and Oliver Maloba

Football, alongside all other sports in the country, has been suspended by the Government indefinitely.

This follows the 15th Presidential address on the Covid-19 pandemic that put in check a number of activities across the country to contain the rapid increase in cases and deaths from what has been dubbed the ‘third wave’.

Following the address, the Football Kenya Federation (FKF), via official communication to clubs and its members, has gone on to confirm all football activities are suspended until further notice.

The most recent cessation is a reminder of year 2020 when, in mid-March, containment measures were put in place when the first cases of Covid-19 were reported in the country.

It led to the suspension of footballing activities, ultimately leading to the cancellation of all leagues. The game only reluctantly resumed seven months later, in October of that year.

At a club level, Nairobi City Stars has asked it’s playing unit and technical bench to remain at at home and observe the new measures put in place by the Government.

“While it’s very unfortunate, we are in full respect of the new directives by the Government and as such training, as well as playing any form of games is now suspended by Nairobi City Stars until such a time the recent containment measures are loosened,” said club CEO Patrick Korir

Till the suspension, City Stars had played 16 round of games into the current Premier league season and were placed tenth with 20 points.

The club was to play friendly games against Premiership side Posta Rangers and lower tier side Nation FC at Jamhuri and St. Mary’s School on Saturday 27 March 2021.

The two games, now called off, were to put the team in the right frame for the final first leg tie against champions Gor Mahia on Sunday 4 April 2021.

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