November 14, 2018

Why Kenya football team has not received Sh50 million despite thrashing Ethiopia at Kasarani

Harambee Stars players will not receive the Sh50 million pledged by Deputy President William Ruto at the moment.

The Kenya football players will have to wait for FIFA’s decision on the fate of Sierra Leone before they could receive the money promised by DP Ruto.

Ruto had promised to give the players the cash should they book a place in the 2019 AFCON finals in Cameroon.

FKF President Nick Mwendwa pointed out Kenya will have to wait for the verdict by the football governing body (FIFA) to know if they will still play suspended Sierra Leone.

The country was suspended from the ongoing qualifiers due to government interference.

“CAF have told me that Sierra Leone might be reinstated, if that happens then we’ll need a point from them in November to qualify, but if they will not be reinstated we will go there (to DP’s residence) in November.

“That’s why we requested him not to honour the pledge because we still don’t know if Sierra Leone are in or out. If we get the news tomorrow (Monday) that Sierra Leone are out, then in November we’ll do as we’ve planned,” Mwendwa told players in the dressing room.

The Deputy President made the pledge when he visited the team’s training at Kasarani Stadium on Friday where he went on to give the players a motivation token of Sh1 million.

Meanwhile, Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko honoured his pledge of Sh3 million that he handed to captain Victor Wanyama moments after the match.

This is after Kenya beat Ethiopia 3-0 on Sunday to top Group F with seven points.

“I honoured my promise of a Sh3m cash reward to #HarambeeStars after their 3-0 win against Ethiopia in the AFCON qualifier match at Kasarani,” Sonko posted on his Twitter account.

Japan-based striker Michael Olunga alias ‘The Engineer’ broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute with a well taken volley from the right-flank after he was set up by Erick Omondi, who then got his name on the scoresheet five minutes later with a sensational goal from the edge of the box.

Tottenham Hotspur’s midfielder Victor Wanyama made it 3-0 in the 67th minute from the spot after Omondi was fouled inside the penalty area.

The Harambee Stars captain later hobbled off with what looked like a hamstring injury.

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