Football Kenya Federation have confirmed in a signed statement that the match will not take place and the team will return home on Thursday morning
As exclusively revealed by Goal, Sudan v Kenya friendly match has now been called off after Harambee Stars' players refused to travel to Darfur.
Football Kenya Federation have confirmed in a signed statement that the match will not take place and the team will return home on Thursday morning.
“We wish to clarify that Football Kenya Federation had an invitation to play Sudan Falcons in Khartoum, Sudan on March 5, 2014, which was designated as a Federation of International Football Federations (Fifa) match-day on the global calendar.
“FKF only accepted that Harambee Stars plays the match as per the terms stated on the invitation letter, which did not suggest anything to the contrary as regards the match venue being elsewhere other than Khartoum. Neither was there any insinuation of possible change of venue or match date before our team left Nairobi.
“The situation of our players being asked to travel to another destination for the match was an innuendo that Fkf takes great exception of and that mischief led to the head of delegation to maintain that no further travelling will be accepted because that was contrary to the terms to which we committed ourselves to before the match. The team will, consequently, travel back home and we will not be under any obligation to honour the match.”
Nyamweya added, “FKF will not allow our players to be subjected to situations where their security will be at risk, we have a responsibility and owe it to Kenyans for the safety of the team hence our decision to instruct the team to return home without kicking a ball in Sudan.”
Nyamweya said the local federation will make sure the organizers of the friendly are held accountable. “FKF will demand that the organisers are held accountable for this botch-up and that Fifa takes action against those responsible.
“We have incurred expenses that we will be demanding that requisite compensation be considered and the match be awarded to us since we turned up for the match only for it not be.”