Federation NEC member Tom Alila insists Kenya must feature in the event saying skipping the same 'would jeopardize relationship with Uganda'
With the top hierarchy of the federation appearing to prefer a boycott, Tom Alila a member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) insists the country will lose big time if they make good their threats and skip the event.
Alila has called for soberness by the top officials of the federation insisting that they should look at the bigger picture rather than personalize issues.
"I personally take great exception to comments by Harambee Stars coach Henri Michel that the tournament is useless. Unknown to him in this era of East Africa integration, we cannot jeopardize our relationship with Uganda. We may need them in the future."
"I want to ask my colleagues in the federation to look at the bigger picture and not let personal differences keep us out of the tournament."
Alila said he has raised his reservations with the federation's National Executive Committee (NEC) on Thursday and hopes they will be reasonable.
The federation has indicated that Kenya may not take part in the regional tournament due to a clash of dates with qualifying matches for the Africa Nations Championships (CHAN).