Football Kenya Federation have admitted that they are very broke and may not prepare adequately to face Ethiopia in the next Afcon qualifier.
Kenya are set to face the Walya Antelopes in a two-legged affair, first away on October 10 in Addis Ababa and the return leg four days laters at the Kasarani Stadium.
The two matches are very crucial for Kenya, who revived their hopes of gracing the 2019 Afcon finals after beating Ghana’s Black Stars by a solitary goal a week ago.
However, Goal now understands that with less than two weeks before the team resumes training for the assignments, the federation is yet to get an assurance from the government whether the money will be available. “We are worried now because things are not looking good,” an official with the federation, who did not want to be named, revealed.
“We have at least two weeks before we start residential camp and there is no signal from the government. Worse still, we are yet to get the Sh19million that was budgeted for the Ghana and Malawi matches. Nobody is talking about this from the Ministry of Sports, so we are in the dark.
“We have a very good chance of making it to the Afcon finals and this team needs proper care. The boys have shown that they can deliver, they have done that against Ghana. All we need is to support this team at this time, it is the best chance we have as a country to grace the finals.”
The source added, “Like now, a return ticket for Michael Olunga from Japan is Sh400, 000, and must be paid in advance. We also have a number of other professionals in the team that will have to travel for the Ethiopia task, and their tickets are more or less than that of Olunga.”
All the teams in Group F - Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone - have picked three points from two matches.