Sam Nyamweya: Free entry for the Kenya v Ethiopia match will pose security threats

Stafford Ondego/Goal Kenya.
Harambee Stars will face the Walya Antelopes for the second time in four days knowing that a win will improve their chances

Sam Nyamweya believes the government made a huge mistake to allow fans to watch the Kenya v Ethiopia Afcon qualifier for free on Sunday.

Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa made a pronouncement on Thursday that there will be no gate charges for the decisive Group F duel at Kasarani.

The move was welcomed by FKF with politicians taking advantage to confirm that they will provide free transport to the stadium. But Nyamweya, who is the federation's former President, now argues that the big number of fans expected to attend the game, might pose challenges to the security personnel.

“While the decision was in good faith and meant to ensure the national team gets all the support the boys deserve, the security personnel now have a lofty challenge to ensure there is no stampede caused by people, who may not understand that the stadium is full.

“I understand that various leaders from across the country have mobilized their people to make the trip to Kasarani which will see thousands of Kenyans throng the stadium,” added Nyamweya in a statement obtained by Goal.

He further called on FKF to work closely with the Inspector General of Police to ensure that the crowd control and stadium access management is well planned to avoid any incidences that might lead to fans being injured.

“Further, there should be every precaution that certain criminal elements would take advantage of the situation to terrorize genuine football supporters and therefore all should be vigilant not to fall victim to such criminals.

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"I express my best wishes to the boys against Ethiopia and urge all Kenyans to support the boys in every possible way on Sunday.”

Harambee Stars will face the Walya Antelopes for the second time in four days knowing that a win will improve their chances of making it to the finals for the first time since 2004.

Kenya leads Group F with four points while Ghana have three and Ethiopia one.

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