Kenya, who had earlier confirmed their presence in this month’s Nehru Cup, has opted not to be a part of the tournament as they are to play a friendly against Jamaica on August 25 in the USA.
The Harambee Stars had fixed the friendly against Jamaica and also given green signal over their participation for the Nehru Cup which led to confusion of all sorts.
On Wednesday, Football Kenya Federation’s (FKF) National Executive Committee met to decide their stand on a plethora of issues which included short listing the coaches for the top job in Kenya.
"We have opted out of the Nehru Cup for the more lucrative friendly match against Jamaica on the 25th in the USA. The decision was reached at by NEC members, who met today (Wednesday),” FKF’s press officer John Kariuki told Goal.com.
“The members felt that playing Jamaica will help Kenya go up the FIFA rankings than playing India, who are ranked far below us,” he added.
India are ranked 163 in the FIFA rankings chart while Kenya and Jamaica are on the 125th and 63rd spot respectively.
Earlier Jordan too had confirmed their participation in the Nehru Cup but thereafter mentioned of their desire to send their U-19 side which the Indian FA justifiably rejected.
It must be remembered that teams backtracking from their word on taking part in the Nehru Cup isn’t a new trend as back in 2009, it was Thailand, who were announced as one of the participants, were keen on sending their U-19 side for exposure for the tournament which didn’t go down well with the AIFF.
Thereafter Palestine’s name was mooted by the AIFF but the former was interested in sending over a club side instead of their national side which thus saw Nehru Cup be a five nation affair instead of six teams in the 2009 edition.
The AIFF shall now look out for Kenya’s replacement hoping to find a decent footballing nation who would be willing to come to India on a short notice.
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