The Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) announced the new rugby season will begin in February after close to a year of no action due to disruptions brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.
KRU issued a statement confirmed it had received clearance from the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage making it the second contact sport to be allowed to resume.
“Following clearance from the Ministry of Sport, Culture and Heritage, the 2021 Kenya Cup season will kick off on Saturday 27 February 2021 and will run for 11 match days with the top four teams qualifying for the semifinals on Saturday 22 May. The winners of the semifinal encounters will play in the Kenya Cup final on Saturday 29 May,” the statement said in part.
KRU said the first games will be played on February 6 and 13 and will see the top six teams from the 2019/2020 KRU Championship battle it out in qualifiers for the Kenya Cup.
The conclusion of those matches will then see a fixture billed as a curtain raiser for the season being played between the defending champions of the Kenya Cup and Enterprise Cup on February 20.
“All fixtures will be played in adherence to existing COVID -19 protocols with no spectators in attendance,” the statement noted.
KRU suspended the Kenya Cup last March due to COVID-19, and later declared there would be no league winners for the 2019/2020 season.