NATIONAL TEAMS
KENYA NATIONAL TEAM HARAMBEE STARS. | COURTESY

Fed-up Kenyans have taken to Twitter under hashtag #WhyAlwaysSportsKe to demand for better treatment of national teams.

This after news filtered in that the Harambee Stars are struggling to secure air tickets to Ethiopia for their next week’s Afcon 2019 qualifier against the hosts.

With less than a week to the crucial Group F fixture, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has been knocking on the government’s door for help with little success.

The government has also not honored their pledge to cater for Stars head coach Sebastien Migne’s salary and the Frenchman has now gone four months without pay.

Plans for the team to camp in Nairobi before flying together to Addis Ababa has been shelved and foreign–based professionals will now connect directly to Ethiopia from their bases to save cost.

FKF is financially crippled for over four months now after KRA frozen their accounts due to Ksh 41million tax arrears Nick Mwendwa’s regime inherited from Sam Nyamweya’s.

Stars edged out Ghana 1-0 in their last qualifier last month, reviving their hopes of qualifying for the continental showpiece set for Cameroon mid next year.

Kenya last qualified for the Afcon 14 years ago when they made the 2004 edition in Tunisia. The win against Ghana renewed hopes of breaking the jinx but with the off the pitch distractions the wait could be longer.

The lack of support is not only limited to Harambee Stars; women’s volleyball team, Malkia Strikers, faced a similar predicament before their recent World Championship outing in Japan.

Despite being the pride of most Kenyans, rugby 7s team, Shujaa, have always lamented delayed allowances.

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