Kenya Harambee stars players celebrate after scoring against Cape verde during their world cup qualifier match at Nyayo stadium.PHOTO-ERICK BARASA
Someone must take responsibility for the derisory treatment of gallant Harambee Stars that ultimately led to Kenya’s World Cup dreams being quashed on Tuesday night at the hands of Cape Verde.
The Blue Sharks won their home fixture 2-0 to take the tie on 2-1 aggregate and reach the group stages of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. After the late departure, Stars landed in Praia less than four hours before kick off and barely had time to rest before taking to the pitch where Heldon Ramos, who is on loan at Portuguese side Rio Ave, scored both goals for the Blue Sharks to eliminate Kenya.
The botched traveling plans led to the summons of FKF President Sam Nyamweya who was reportedly pressed to explain what caused the delayed take off for the national soccer team in spite of a charter plane being at their disposal.
As if the traveling hiccups they endured were not enough, it now emerges that the Stars players swept a lot under the carpet while in camp as revelations come to the fore over their shoddy conditions they survived while preparing for the double header against Africa’s fourth best side. Kenya Football Welfare Association chairman Innocent Mutiso took a swipe at the federation and the Ministry of Sports for the manner in which the national team players have been handled recently.
“Before the match (against Cape Verde) last week while in camp, the players after their morning session had to endure the whole day with no water in the hostels and only after the evening session did they manage to fend for water outside the hostel armed with buckets for bathing.
“As a matter of concern, we are very disappointed by the way our members who make up the national team Harambee Stars have been treated since they won the first leg against Cape Verde in Nairobi, the treatment they received prior to the match while still in camp,” read Kefwa’s open letter to FKF and Ministry of Youth and Sports.
“Selflessly players stayed in camp without their allowances from their previous game against Mauritius and still played despite these frustrations and beat Cape Verde a team which is ranked number 32 in the world, 93 paces in front of us. The players are doing a job but they are still being neglected,” lamented the Kefwa chairman.