Painful scandal of Kenyan football team Harambee Stars


Painful scandal of Kenyan football team Harambee Stars
Harambee Stars players and technical team huddle together during a training session. (PHOTO/FKF Media)

In Summary

  • It is reported that the FKF sent an invoice of $40,000 (Ksh. 4million) to the ministry
  • However, an independent inquiry reveals that if all players and officials were to each get a room on full board, it would amount to $18,800 (Ksh. 1.9million), training costs included.
  • If rooms were to be shared between two players and each official got their own room, it would cost an estimated Ksh. 1.35million.

The Kenyan football team, Harambee Stars, players have yet again been stranded over hotel bills, this time in Cairo.

In what appears to be a new brewing scandal, the Sports ministry and the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) are now trading accusations over the unpaid bills.

I said here that the holder of the PS office is not willing to support football and most sports in general. He has money and has decided its better the boys are thrown out of the hotel for us to know who is the boss. It’s not right and we shall continue to call this behavior out,” Nick Mwendwa said in a previous briefing.

Sports PS Kirimi Kaberia on his part has been quoted several times accusing FKF of failing to account for the money they are given.

It is reported that the Nick Mwendwa-led federation sent an invoice of $40,000 (Ksh. 4million) to the ministry requesting for the money to pay for the team’s accommodation.

The ministry however questioned the document seen by Citizen TV, which appeared to have no address or account number where the money would be paid to.

On demanding for the account number, FKF officials insisted on having the money wired through them, claiming that they had spent their own resources to facilitate the team.

However, an independent inquiry by Citizen TV’s Sports desk revealed that if all the players and officials were to get a room each on the full accommodation package together with training costs, it would cost at most $18,800 (Ksh. 1.9million) to facilitate them.

If rooms were to be shared between two players and each official got their own room, it would cost an estimated Ksh. 1.35million.

Harambee stars despite the troubles still faced off with the Pharaohs in a match that ended in an assumed impressive draw for Kenya.

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