Harambee Stars jet back, shift focus to Tanzania return match
Harambee Stars Players Arrive From Tanzania//Photo Courtesy

Kenya’s Africa Nations Championships, CHAN, campaign might come to an abrupt end if the latest reports are anything to go by.

Harambee Stars may not honour Sunday’s tie against the Taifa Stars of Tanzania following reports that the Federation of Kenyan Football, FKF is broke.

Kenya and Tanzania were set to square it off this Sunday at the Kasarani Stadium for the return leg of their CHAN qualifier match that ended 0-0 in Dar es Salaam.

This match now looks uncertain with FKF struggling to pay the players allowances and for other services necessary to make the encounter a success.

The Kenyan team returned from Tanzania on Monday and immediately returned to camp as preparations for the do or die clash gain momentum.

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Harambee Stars Fans at a Past Match in Kasarani//Photo by FKF

Apart from the players allowances, FKF has also not paid several service providers, including hotel accommodation and catering services.

The federation has also not put in place the necessary logistics required by the match officials as well as pay for the Match Venue.

“The solution could be to not honour the match. We can write and inform Tanzania not to come. The consequences are disastrous, but what do we do?” Said a source close to FKF as quoted by Nairobi News.

FKF needs upto Sh15 million to adequately honour the return fixture.

Should Kenya fail to honour the fixture, the Country will be facing a possibility of getting a ban of upto two years from FIFA.

Ahead of the match that now hangs in the balance, Coach Sebastien Migne had promised an all-out approach in the second leg.

“We were good defensively. We now have to work on building better link-up play offensively, and I am confident that we will have a good match on Sunday,” said Coach Migné as quoted on the FKF Website.

“A draw away from home was a good result for us. It was hard since most of the players were new at this stage, but they gave a good account of themselves,” he added.

Coach Sebastien Migne
Head Coach Sebastien Migne Arrives From Tanzania//Photo by FKF

Captain Dennis Odhiambo, meanwhile, called out on fans to turn up in large numbers.

“Fans’ support was very key for us in the run-up to our AFCON qualification. We need it likewise on Sunday, and I am confident that we will give them something to smile about,” said the Midfielder.