Kenya FA President Sam Nyamweya reveals to Goal that Cosafa have accepted a request from Kenya to have Stars opening match played on Tuesday (July 9)
Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) have accepted a request by Kenya, to reschedule Harambee Stars opening match of this year’s tournament set for Zambia from July.
Kenya FA were forced to make the request after a meeting with Kenya Premier League, where the later expressed concern over the absence of key players during this weekend's league assignments. 90 percent of the players in the Stars team ply their trade in the local league.
Kenya FA President Sam Nyamweya confirmed on Tuesday that the federation has already communicated to the organizers of the tournament over the latest move and he is glad that they have agreed to their request.
“We had a meeting with KPL on Tuesday and we agreed that the league continues this weekend which means that the team can only leave over the weekend and play their first match next Tuesday,” Nyamweya told Goal.Kenya were scheduled to play their first match against Lesotho on Sunday but this will now have to be postponed by the organizers. They will now open the competition against Botswana on July 9.
The joint meeting between KPL and Kenya FA came amidst concern over the postponement of the league with the former pointing out that they cannot afford another postponement.
Harambee Stars, who are the guest team at the competition, are expected to be in Zambia for at-least one week for the entirety of the preliminary matches, or at-most a fortnight should the team make it to the finals of the competition, who's winner will pocket Sh5 million.