Gov’t Yet To Release Funds For Harambee Stars World Cup Qualifiers Match Against Uganda Cranes
The government has not released funds to finance the national team ahead of their World Cup Qualifiers match against Uganda Cranes.
Speaking at dinner hosted in honor of the team Football Kenya President Nick Mwendwa says that they have written to the Sports Ministry several times but are yet to get a response.
“We sent our request to the government one month before, we sent a reminder later on last week and there was no response,” lamented Mwendwa.
Mwendwa says that they have been forced to work on credit because of lack of funds adding that despite the challenge things must move on.
Harambee stars will play the Uganda Cranes on Thursday at St Mary’s Stadium in Kitende from 4pm.
Kenya has no chance of going to the knockout stage having lost their match against Mali 6-1 on aggregate. Kenya is currently third on the log with two points from four matches, six points behind Uganda Cranes who are still in contention to qualify to the next round.
The federation has been in loggerheads with the Government after the ministry ordered for an investigation by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations for alleged financial impropriety after they lost a case in High court to be probed.
According to Mwendwa accountability should be both ways and the government should also support the team.
“We have taken everything in credit and of course in Uganda you can’t get things on credit and so we have spoken to our partners who have helped us foot the Bills,” he narrated.
Despite the communication the government has not responded saying that even in the match against Mali the funds came late.
“The game against Mali the same happened and also our women’s National team in the Caf Women’s Qualifiers against South Sudan did not get any funding from treasury,” stated Mwendwa.