FKF rules out friendly for Harambee Stars after Caf cancels Sierra Leone fixture

Dennis Odhiambo Francis Kahata and Aboud Omar of Kenya and Harambee Stars.
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Kenya now leads the Group with seven points, four more than second placed Ghana and six ahead of Ethiopia, who are bottom

Football Kenya Federation have ruled out any possibility of Kenya playing a friendly match this weekend.

A number of Kenyans had asked the federation to schedule a friendly for the Harambee Stars, hours after the Confederation of African Football (Caf) moved to call off their Afcon qualifier against Sierra Leone on November 18.

The Kenyans argued that a friendly will help coach Sebastien Migne remain focused with the team despite the late cancelation of the Group F fixture. However, FKF President Nick Mwendwa has revealed to Goal that it will not be possible to organize for a friendly at a short notice.

“It will not be possible to schedule a friendly now because most of the teams have already planned for this weekend, so getting a team to play against us will not be easy. I would have loved to play a friendly so us to keep our team busy but it cannot happen.”

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Mwendwa however, says Kenyans will still have action on Wednesday, when the U-23 side takes on Mauritius in the qualifiers for Olympics Games. “We are now turning our focus to the U-23 team as they have a huge match coming up. We ask Kenyans to rally behind the team as they also have duty to deliver.”

Kenya and Sierra Leone were scheduled to clash in the return leg of Group F on November 18 but Caf have since moved to call off the fixture owing to the fact that Sierra Leone are still suspended by Fifa.

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Fifa took the step to suspend Sierra Leone on October 5, 2018, following what they termed as government interference. The West African side was handed an ultimatum to ensure that things return to normal and the national team continues with the journey to the Afcon finals, but all fell on deaf ears.

As a result, Sierra Leone missed their Group F home and away matches against Ghana. The match against Kenya next weekend will not be played as well putting Sierra Leone's campaign to the 2019 Afcon finals into serious doubt.

As it stands, Kenya leads the Group with seven points, four more than second placed Ghana and six ahead of Ethiopia, who are lying bottom.