By Agnes Amondi,
Record time Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Gor Mahia have been declared league champions, bringing an end to the 2019/2020 season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa confirmed this through his official twitter account.
“Oooh and congratulations Gor Mahia! You are champions once again and you will represent Kenya on the champions league Next season. Lets do this,” posted Mwendwa.
The federation acted as per clause 2.6 of the failure to complete the league. In it is clause 2.6.1 which provides directions on how to bring matters to a close. It states:
“Where the league format due to circumstances of force majeure fails to be completed within the season, the league winners shall be determined in two ways.
Clause 22.214.171.124: “Before each and every club has completed its first-round fixtures the league shall be declared null and void.”
Clause 126.96.36.199 states that “Where all the clubs in the league have completed the first-round fixtures but less than 75 per cent league games have been played, the table standings at the end of the first round shall be considered as the final table standings of the league.”
With only ten games left, Gor Mahia topped the KPL table with 54 points, seven ahead of second placed Kakamega Homeboyz when the league was suspended after the COVID-19 outbreak.
In the same breathe, Mwendwa also confirmed the promotion of Nairobi City Stars to the KPL from the National Super League (NSL). This means that they are the NSL champions of 2019/2020 season.
They were leading with 64 points, ten more than second placed Bidco United at the time the leagues were suspended.
“Nairobi city stars !! Welcome to the Premier league. Sasa changamkeni na ma signature moto moto..” he tweeted.