Sports Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Amina Mohamed has promised full government support for the Harambee Stars in Egypt.
Kenya qualified for the 32nd edition of Afcon and was pooled in Group C during the draw conducted on Friday in Cairo. Senegal, Algeria, and neighbors Tanzania are the Harambee Stars' opponents in the preliminary stage.
Following the draw, Mohamed has declared that the government will support the national team as they strive to navigate the continent’s footballing competition's preliminary stage.
“The government is going to support and ensure Harambee Stars are well prepared both physically and mentally as they face other countries in Group C,” she said in a statement that appeared on her Twitter account.
The government is going to support and ensure Harambee stars are well prepared both physically and mentally as they face other countries in group C #AFCON2019 #HarambeeStars #TwendeKazi pic.twitter.com/XTrDpBLoMS— AMB.(Dr.) Amina C. Mohammed (@AMB_A_Mohammed) April 12, 2019
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) had earlier admitted that they had received Sh244 million from the government to prepare the team for the tournament.
The 2019 event is Kenya's sixth appearance in the competition, having featured in 1972, 1988, 1990, 1992 and 2004 previously. The Harambee Stars have never progressed to the knockout stage.
In the last edition they participated in 2004, Kenya lost the first two matches against Mali (3-1) and Senegal (3-0) before picking their first even win – 3-0 – against Burkina Faso in Tunisia.