Harambee Starlets' Awcon participation in limbo as Parliament holdup on Sports Fund

Harambee Starlets have been pooled in Group B of the 2018 Awcon competition to be staged in Ghana from November 17

Football Kenya Federation might be forced to turn to Kenyans for financial help to support Harambee Starlets' trip to the 2018 Awcon finals in Ghana.

Starlets are set to grace the competition that will kick-off on November 17, but inadequate funds might force the team to peg hopes on a few ‘philanthropic’ Kenyans, should the Federation fail to raise over Sh40 million budget within the next two weeks.

FKF President Nick Mwendwa has insisted that Starlets must take part in the bi-annual games, where they have been pooled in Group B with record champions Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia.

FKF presented a Sh48 million budget to the Ministry of Sports on Monday, but the government now insists that there are no funds. This now leaves the women's team pegging their hopes of travelling to Ghana on the Sports Fund, that, Goal understands has over Sh10 billion lying at the KRA accounts.

The Sports Fund, that was created by the Sports Act 2013, has not been in operation after Parliament raised 'some questions' on how the money should be divided between the Ministry of Sports, Health, Education and that of Environment.

According to the law, the Ministry of Sports is meant to receieve 35 per cent of the funds. Mwendwa now warns that Harambee Starlets might not get the funds needed if Sports Funds doesn't come into operation in the next two weeks.

"We need to have Sports Fund up because, in our understanding, the Ministry of Sports doesn't have enough funds to facilitate all the activities that we have in place.

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"I am calling upon the people concerned, in Parliament, to get the Sports Fund operational...the only recourse we have if this doesn’t happen in the next two weeks is to go to Kenyans and call upon them to support the team. We must go to Awcon.”

Kenya qualified to the Awcon after Equatorial Guinea were disqualified from the games for fielding an ineligible player.