Kenya Cup matchday 5 fixture featuring Kabras Sugar and Nondies on Saturday, January 5, 2022, will not go on as planned as the latter will not be travelling to Kakamega County.
Raga House has been made aware that Nondies were to travel on Friday ahead of the clash on Saturday but they didn't do so due to Covid-19 testing. "We received an email from the union yesterday(Thursday) at 2 pm saying that every team must do a PCR test 24hrs before the game and that's a very short time," said Nondies TM Kevin Were.
"Even if we test on Friday, the results may not come back on time and if they come on Saturday while we are in Kakamega it may mess up our plans if we have positive cases. It's also very expensive given the short notice."
"We've asked for a postponement. If the game was in Nairobi it wouldn't be hard to plan around but travelling to Western complicates a lot of things. The email from the Union came very late; I wish they told us before Christmas."
The email from the Union sent to clubs on Thursday afternoon said: “due to the current wave of COVID-19 infections, we recommend all teams to do a PCR COVID-19 test before the resumption of the league. This will be followed by weekly rapid antigen tests done 24 hours before match days.”
“The results should be submitted to the league and fixtures department 24 hours before kick-off.”
“Positive cases to isolate under current CDC isolation protocols. However, it is noteworthy that the earliest a player can return to contact training, or equipment handling, is 10 days (for asymptomatic patients). For those who are symptomatic, clearance from a medical doctor must be provided before resumption (alongside a negative test result)".
Nondies sit ninth on five points while Kabras are sitting pretty on top cruising on 20 points after winning all four opening matches.