The Football Federation of Kenya (FKF) seems poised to disappoint football fans again after refusing to cater for Kenyan Champions’ Gor Mahia’s air ticket to Tanzania for regional games.
BY STEVE NJUGUNA
The FKF has declined to pay airfare for national soccer champions Gor Mahia to the annual CECAFA Kagame cup competition. The contest will be held in Tanzania this year and it usually involves the top teams from every first place club in the East African region. The refusal came after CECAFA confirmed that it would cater for accommodation and food but the country federations were to handle transport.
Gor Mahia’s request letter signed by Ronald Ngala read,
“We hereby wish to inform your office that our club intends to travel to Tanzania on Thursday 16th July, 2015 with a contingent of 30 people for the opening match of the above-mentioned tournament against Young Africans FC (Yanga) on Saturday 18, 2015 at the National Stadium. The list will come your way as soon as your office is ready to issue the tickets.”
FKF CEO Michael Esakwa said in a response letter, “We acknowledge receiving your letter dated 6th July 2015 and taken note of the contents therein. Football Kenya Federation is regrettably not in a position to grant your request for air tickets. We however, wish your Club well in Cecafa Club Championship 2015 edition.”
Cecafa general secretary, Nicholas Musonye, informed Capital Sport that member federations had agreed to share responsibility towards ensuring their representatives take part in the competition. They agreed to pay for air travel for teams taking part with the regional governing body taking charge of other expenses.
“We have already done our part. We are almost done. The federation should also do their part. Gor Mahia and FKF should agree to disagree to come to find a solution,” Musonye stated.
Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier admitted that the club run the risk of missing the competition.
“The federation had agreed to pay air tickets for us to travel on Thursday but they have told us they don’t have money. It’s impossible for us to travel since had they told us earlier, we would have conducted a fundraising,” Rachier said.
The tournament is slated to run from July 18th to August 2nd 2015 and will be held in Tanzania.