How is life for you without football? Well, while a number of leagues around the world have resumed and some are showing signs of doing so, football lovers in Kenya and ardent fans of the Kenya Premier League will have to make do without it for now.
Apart from the KPL, different major leagues in Africa with the exception of the Tanzania Premier League are showing no signs of resumption. With the current state, players have had to find alternative ways of keeping fit as they wait for a new season.
Coaches and other football stakeholders have also taken the humble pie as the effects of Covid-19 continue being felt worldwide. Former Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr is among those staying away from football for now.
According to the KPL winning tactician, it is so frustrating to stay for long without football as it has been the case in Kenya with the KPL.
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) suspended all football activities on March 16 and in the process, declared Gor Mahia the Champions while Nairobi City Stars and Bidco FC were promoted to the KPL.
“As a former player it’s very frustrating, and it is hopefully a once in a lifetime pandemic that will be learnt from,” Kerr told Goal.
“Plans should be put in place if something like [Covid-19] happens again; the football ruling bodies can work quickly to put football back to the supporters.”
Kerr, now at Baroka FC also stated that the ongoing pandemic has had a huge toll on players who now miss bonding.
“It is the bond between players that is frustrating; we are not golfers or tennis players, snooker athletes or a gymnast where you have self-motivation. To be the best, footballers need everyone to make one the best and it is why players miss training,” Kerr added.
“The bond a squad has when they are together is priceless. The laughter I create as a coach is what success builds.”
With a number of players now keeping fit remotely, Kerr has called on various clubs to help support their playing units so that they maintain their fitness as they wait to return to the field of play.
“Clubs have to understand a player’s motivation both at home and at work. The feel-good factor that you have, support, not just from family and friends but also your peers.
“As a coach, I am constantly in contact [with players] not just as a coach but as their friend to keep mentally challenged.”
Kerr was appointed as the head coach of Gor Mahia on 5 July 2017, following the departure of Zé Maria. He later resigned on 15 November 2018 and joined Black Leopards in the South African Premier Division.
He left Black Leopards in May 2019 having helped them survive relegation. He would later join Baroka FC also in South Africa.