Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa as termed as 'good news' the move by Caf to uphold Harambee Starlets' participation in Awcon finals.
On Wednesday, Caf confirmed that Kenya will now take part in the 2019 African Women Cup of Nations finals after disqualifying Equatorial Guinea.
Starlets lost 3-2 on aggregate to Equatorial Guinea in the final qualifying round, but Caf upheld Kenya’s appeal on players’ eligibility. Guinea were found to have fielded ineligible players in the qualifier.
“This is very good news for Kenyan football and also for the girls because they deserved to be in the final. We knew that we had a strong case and that was the reason why we appealed and I want to thank Caf for doing us justice,” Mwendwa told Goal in an interview.
The decision by Caf comes just three days after the men’s team Harambee Stars increased their chances of reaching the 2019 Afcon finals after beating Ethiopia 3-0 at Kasarani. Mwendwa now says it is because of the hard work from his office, that Kenyan teams are now returning good results.
“The women team is now going to the Afcon final for the second time in a row and this is because we have dedicated our energy on the team. It is the same case with the men’s team. They are almost there and if they also qualify, it means that we will have two teams taking part in two top tournaments in the same year.
“That is why I want to appeal to the government and corporates to come out and support these two teams. Like for the women’s team, they will require at least Sh300million for preparations, we would want to them to train outside Kenya so that they can get ready for the tournament.”
The decision by Caf means that the Starlets will be returning to the continental stage for the second time following their maiden bow in 2016.