Newly formed Northern Wanderers FC, who play in the National Super League (NSL) have issued a statement regarding the arrest of several of the team’s players over terror claims.
Wanderers, who took up the position vacated by now defunct Eldoret Youth in the second tier, have been forced to relocate to Nairobi so as to be close to facilities where they can train and host their home matches, which the Northern region of Kenya – where the team has been assembled – is devoid of.
This has forced the team to set up residence in Nairobi’s Buruburu Estate where the players have been crumpled up in a seven-room house, a situation that led to suspicious neighbours from the Nyumba Kumi initiative calling the police who are said to have raided the house three times last week, according to the club.
The confusion, the club says, derailed the team’s preparations for their season opener against Nairobi Stima where they suffered a demoralizing 8-0 loss on Sunday.
Below is the statement in full;
We would like to bring to your attention that the rented premises hosting our players in Buruburu were raided three times in the last week by security officers from ATPU, Buruburu police station and Administrative police following complaints by immediate neighbors and members of Nyumba kumi initiative.
The contingent administrative police officers were however following reports that the players have refused to be enumerated in the ongoing national census exercise. We cooperated with the security officers and satisfied that we are harmless citizens who are pursuing their dreams of using their talent to earn a living.
While the security officers were responding to the complaints of the neighbors, we see this as just any other concern by neighbors who are not familiar with the diversity of our country. We believe it’s just another hurdle that is now behind us as we concentrate on highlighting the talents of youth from northern kenya and bringing football glory.
While this has really affected preparations towards our debut match,
Players camp in buruburu
We have lost 6 players in the raids, We have trained the two days preceding the game. We are stronger mentally, emotionally and physically to improve match by match until we reach our target of representing Northern Kenya in the Kenyan Premier League.