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Kenya's preps to face Ethiopia in limbo as government yet to release funds

3:33 AM EDT 9/26/18
Harambee Stars coach Francis Kimanzi and Sebastien Migne.
Harambee Stars will first travel to Bahir Dar to face Ethiopia on October 10, before playing host three days later on October 14

It is exactly 15 days before Kenya takes on Ethiopia and it seems all is not well.

Despite coach Sebastien Migne naming a provisional squad to move to camp ahead of the two-legged Afcon qualifier against the Walya Antelopes, Goal now understands that the government is yet to remit Sh26m to prepare the team.

FKF had budgeted the two matches against Ethiopia for Sh26m and a close source within the federation now says they are in the dark in regards to the same. “We are stranded, we cannot plan beyond what we don’t have and things are now becoming difficult,” the source told Goal on Wednesday.

“We are not sure when the professionals will start arriving because they need tickets to travel and we don’t have the same, the team is supposed to move to camp and we don’t have the cash. The head coach is also demanding for a two months’ salary, in short, everything is in disarray.”

According to the source, the government is yet to pay the Sh19million that was used to host Ghana in the qualifier and also a friendly against Malawi. “The funds for Ghana game are not out yet, and now we are being forced to wait for the funds to prepare team for the Ethiopia match. It is tough.”

Efforts by Goal to get a comment from Sports PS Kirimi Kaberia or Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Achesa bore no fruit as the calls went unanswered. Kenya revived their hopes of making it to the 2019 Afcon finals when they beat Ghana’s Black Stars 1-0 in a Group F match at Kasarani.