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Suspended vice-chairman lays blame on federation's top brass for accepting to play Jamaica's "Reggae Boyz" outside the dates set by Fifa for international friendly matches

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has come under criticism, for sanctioning the national soccer team's friendly against Jamaica outside the recognized FIFA calender dates.

As exclusively reported by Goal.com on Tuesday, the Harambee Stars friendly clash against Jamaica set to be played on the USA on August 25th, has forced the Kenya Premier League (KPL) to reschedule league fixtures set for that period, whilst the oversees based players in the squad are mulling over whether or not to be available owing to club commitments.

Suspended FKF Vice Chairman Sammy Shollei has now stepped into the debate claiming their has been "a lack of planning" ahead of this "meaningless game".

"The national team has not been training together for this encounter, and its been reported that the officials could pocket up to USD 60,000 as appearance fees and bonuses for this game that will not even be played in Jamaica."

Shollei adds that the foreign based players are unlikely to be released by their respective clubs for this assignment, questioning why the Federation did not plan to play on August 15 (Wednesday) which is an official International friendly date.

Kenya's last friendly match was against Botswana and was played outside the stipulated FIFA calender dates. Despite winning 3-1, the results didn't stop Harambee Stars from sliding one slot to position 126 in the latest Fifa rankings released in the beginning of August. Jamaica are currently ranked 66 positions above Kenya.

At the same time, Goal.com has reliably learnt  that the a bulk of the contingent scheduled to make this trip are yet to secure their visas.

Sources reveal that the federation is working round the clock in a bid to secure the crucial travel pass, six days prior to their intended date of travel.


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