Our coffers are empty but we are optimistic TZ return match will be played, says FKF CEO

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) stand in CEO Barry Otieno has revealed that the federation is concerned that Kenya’s 2020 CHAN qualifier return-leg fixture against Tanzania, set to be played in Nairobi this coming weekend, might fail to take place due to the unavailability of funds.

The federation had submitted a budget of Kshs 17m for the double legged tie against Tanzania to the Ministry of Sports before this year’s AFCON tournament and up until now, the monies are yet to hit FKF’s accounts.

Scrapped

Harambee Stars played the first-leg fixture away in Tanzania over the past weekend after FKF had scrapped through its accounts to come up with whatever little they could find to facilitate for the trip as well as the accommodation of the team.

While speaking to Soka, Otieno revealed that the federation is highly concerned with the situation but at the same time optimistic that a solution will be found to enable Kenya play the game.

Though having been rocked by the lack of funds, Harambee Stars players and technical bench are still in camp preparing for the game against Tanzania set for Sunday

“We handed out budget to the ministry a few weeks after the President’s declaration on the Sports Fund at the start of the year,” Otieno said.

“Our budget for the tie was handed before the senior team went to the AFCON in Egypt but as I say this, we are yet to receive any funding from the government. The process is lengthy we understand that as there is no stipulated time that the funds are supposed to be released.

Optimistic

“We however remain optimistic that a solution will be found with the Ministry already having promised to do something before the game is played this weekend,” he said.

Stars played out a 0-0 draw in Dar Es Salaam and now need to win the return leg to set up a final qualifier against Sudan to reach next year’s continental showpiece for the first time in the country’s history.

Failure to play the TZ game will not only kill the CHAN dream but will also force CAF’s hand to sanction the country.