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President elect Uhuru Kenyatta and Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko promise to reward team with cash awards after their memorable result away in Nigeria on Saturday

By Staff

President elect Uhuru Kenyatta is among Kenyan politicians who have pledged cash awards for national team Harambee Stars following their impressive 1-1 draw against Nigeria in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday.

Kenyatta said in a statement on his official facebook page that he will reward the team with Sh1 million upon return from Nigeria.

"Join me in congratulating Harambee Stars for their impeccable performance today (Saturday)," Kenyatta's statement read in part.

"In addition to giving our Stars Sh1m upon their return; as set out in our manifesto, our government will build the necessary infrastructure to support all our sportsmen and sportswomen to make them not only compete but win at international stages. Congratulations, and a great start to the Jubilee year for our teams."

Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko also pledged Sh1million to the team. TNA chairman Johnson Sakajah confirmed in a twitter posting that Sonko will fete Stars when they land in Nairobi.

Sources in Football Kenya Federation revealed that team sponsors East African Breweries Limited (EABL) were excited by the performance and promised to honor the team.

Earlier, the federation through President Sam Nyamweya had pledged Sh1million to the team if they beat Nigeria and another Sh100,000 for every goal scored.

Francis Kahata’s 36th minute goal ensured that the African champions chased the game until late when substitute Nnamdi Oduamadi got an equaliser to give his side a share of the points.

Stars are expected in Nairobi on Monday (6pm).
The team departs Calabar today (Sunday) for a night in Lagos before catching a flight to Nairobi. Professionals will connect directly to their respective bases.