Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Sam Nyamweya has dismissed reports that Harambee Stars players at the ongoing Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup tourney in Kampala are on strike.
Credible sources suggest that the players refused to train on Friday and are expected to boycott today's mouth watering final against hosts Uganda Cranes unless their daily camping allowance for the duration of their stay in Kampala is paid in full.
“Their is no discontent. I am here with the (Sports) Minister (Ababu Namwamba), and the allowances will be sorted out before the match. We are here to win the game and those (allegations) are unfounded and anybody peddling such rumors is not a friend of Kenya,” Nyamweya told Goal.com.
However, a source within the Kenyan camp suggested otherwise. “We are being taken for a ride. We were promised payment after the group stages, then the quarter finals - every time they (federation officials) came up with excuse after excuse.”
“We are not playing the final (against Uganda) unless we are paid in full. In fact, at some stage we will just pack our bags and go back to Nairobi.”
When contacted, Cecafa Secretary General Nicholas Musonye preferred to steer clear of the issue.
“I have heard the reports (Kenya players boycotting) but that is a Kenyan affair. I prefer not to comment on it until I am properly briefed."
This will be the second time in three years that the Kenyan national team is protesting delayed lack of payment during Cecafa competition.
In 2009, the team led by coach Jacob 'Ghost' Mulee addressed an International media briefing in Dar es Salaam, and threatened to walk out of the tournament.