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Kenya squad before facing Nigeria last Wednesday at Moi Kasarani.

Kenya refuses to travel by bus from Lilongwe to Blantyre

Kenya squad before facing Nigeria last Wednesday at Moi Kasarani.

Timothy Olubulu.

Stars who arrived aboard Kenya Airways, justified their stand stressing they could not travel a distance of 200km by road and also said that the bus was sub-standard

Drama unfolded on Sunday at Kamuzu International Airport in the capital of Malawi after Kenya’s Harambee Stars refused to board a bus which was hired by Malawi FA to take them to Blantyre for Wednesday’s 2014 World Cup qualifier against the hosts.

The team which arrived aboard Kenya Airways justified their stand stressing they could not travel a distance of 200km as per Fifa rules and also said that the bus, which was hired for them was a sub-standard.

However, Malawi FA Chief Executive Officer Sugzo Nyirenda blamed Kenya for the incidence stating that they had already communicated to Fifa and Kenya FA that there is no any domestic airline in Malawi as such the only option was to use Ethiopian Airline which land at Chileka Airport in Blantyre.

“We advised them to use Ethiopian airways because it arrives in Blantyre and they (Kenya FA) even confirmed to have boarded the same.

“To our dismay and at the eleventh hour that is when they changed the tune preferring to use Kenya Airways which landed in Lilongwe,” Nyirenda told nyasatimes.com.

Nyirenda said that it was surprising that the players and leader of delegation accepted to travel except the coach – Adel Amrouche – who was adamant.

Meanwhile, Flames caretaker coach Eddington Ng’onamo has said he is not in a cold sweat going into their (interim coaching panel) last game against Kenya’s Harambee Stars on Wednesday which will determine their future.

The coaching panel, which includes assistant coaches Patrick Mabedi and Ernest Mtawali, was hired to take charge of three 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Namibia (twice) and Kenya.

“I am not under pressure. My focus is on guiding the team to win the match on Wednesday so that we keep our qualification hopes alive.

“We are determined to do well and take the qualification battle with Nigeria right to the wire.”

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