All through the past week, fears gripped the Kenyan football community regarding the state of the 2020 CHAN qualifier pitting Harambee Stars against Tanzania, with the revelation that the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) did not have the funds to organize the game on Sunday 4 August.
The state of affairs remains the same – the government has not yet acted on the FKF budget submitted about two months ago – but the FKF has gone on to plan for the match, with hope that the government will come through afterwards, to bridge the heavy debts this comes with.
Speaking to journalists in the pre-match interviews, the FKF President Nick Mwendwa confirmed that indeed no cent has been submitted from the government but sounded positive all the same while he assured that the players are well briefed and will do their best for a win.
“We have not received any money from the ministry even after submitting our budgets on 20th of June. They have said they are working on it but we haven’t received anything so far. So we are doing our best as FKF to see through this game but we have not received any support from the ministry.
Operating on credit
“We will continue to prepare the boys; we have bills to pay and we are operating on credit now and we will make sure we honor the game. The players know the situation ahead of the game,” he said.
As hopes rest on the ministry acting on the budget for the game, and the earlier one in Tanzania, there is the question of more coming games, with the expectation being that Kenya will go past this match and set up another two legged clash with Sudan in the final round of qualifiers.
While at it, Mwendwa also revealed that the support deom the ministry would be crucial in settling debts owed to the national women’s team as well.
“Our concern is not just for this game; we have more assignments coming up as well. But we shall wait to hear from the ministry and hope that they will act so we can make sure our boys and also girls are happy.
“It is a frustrating issue but that is what it is,” he added.
Kenya and Tanzania played to a barren draw in the first leg meeting out in Dar es Salaam and will be going for the kill in this clash set to start at 4pm EAT.