Boniface Ambani has told Football Kenya Federation to rethink its decision to move Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup matches from Kisumu.
FKF on Thursday shifted the preliminary round of Group A matches from Kisumu to Machakos, citing uncertainty in the Lakeside city ahead of next Tuesday's swearing ceremony of President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi.
But Ambani now believes that Kisumu deserves a share of the action despite fears that violence may break out after Kenyatta’s swearing for the second term.
Ambani cited several incidences where football matches have been held under not so secure environment, but with little or no major incidents being reported.
“Iraq with all its insecurities, the day they qualified for Asian Cup finals, every one put his gun down to cheer their nation. Iraq eventually won the trophy. It was peaceful the whole week,” Ambani said in a long post on his official page.
“Harambee Stars traveled to war-torn Congo at the height of the intense war. We played peacefully and came back home safely. Kamanyola Stadium…Leopards traveled to Rwanda when it was tough but the aura in the stadium…you couldn't imagine it was hot in Kigali and it's environments.
“Let's not deny the Lake region what is theirs at this time. Am sure it can bring a certain good atmosphere to the Lake-town.”
Kenya will now play its Group A matches at Kenyatta Stadium though FKF boss Nick Mwendwa said that they will shift to Kisumu if security in the Lakeside city improves after Wednesday.