DP Ruto rallies Stars for ‘historic moment’


Deputy President William Ruto (R) receives a jersey from Harambee Stars captain Victor Mugubi Wanyama ...
Deputy President William Ruto (R) receives a jersey from Harambee Stars captain Victor Mugubi Wanyama as players Allan Wanga, David Ochieng and Farouk Shikhalo looks on at Kasarani stadium in Nairobi on October 12, 2018. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha

In Summary

  • Deputy President William Ruto has told Harambee Stars to finish the job against Ethiopia on Sunday as they seek to complete their return to the Africa Cup of Nations Finals
  • The DP Ruto vowed support from the 'whole nation' as Stars prepare for their crunch clash where a win will end their 14-year absence from the continental showpiece

Deputy President William Ruto has told Harambee Stars to finish the job against Ethiopia on Sunday as they seek to complete their return to the Africa Cup of Nations Finals.

The DP Ruto vowed support from the ‘whole nation’ as Stars prepare for their crunch clash where a win will end their 14-year absence from the continental showpiece.

In a six-minute address at the Kasarani Stadium, the DP said pending allowances worth KSh25 million for the national team had already been disbursed and reiterated the government’s pledge to pay double the amount if they see out Ethiopia.

“You have our prayers, good will and support. It is our expectation that you will rise up to that challenge and deliver a victory to ourselves and to our country. This is going to be a historic moment for our country.

“Every Kenyan, wherever they are, will have their eyes, minds and hearts here in Kasarani on Sunday and all of us as leaders will be here to cheer you,” DP Ruto said.

The DP added the official Harambee Stars team bus will be availed by next month as earlier promised by the Government.

Stars head coach Sebastian Migne steered away from questions regarding his salaries quagmire, saying his focus is on the job at hand to help Stars qualify for the 2019 AFCON Finals in Cameroon.

The French tactician, whose salary arrears amount to KSh4.5 million, said the target set for him during his appointment was to guide the team back to continental showpiece by 2021 and his primary goal is to achieve it.

“At the moment let me not speak about that, we have a difficult match ahead and that is what is important at the moment,” Migne said.

Stars captain Victor Wanyama welcomed the government’s promise of 50M and said it will boost the players’ morale with teammate Michael Olunga echoing his sentiments.

“It’s really great and it’s going to boost our morale as players and we promise to give the best. I thank the government for releasing the allowances but I think allowances should come earlier,” Wanyama said.

Meanwhile, Nairobi County Governor Mike Sonko has promised KSh3 million for Harambee Stars if they manage to beat Ethiopia on Sunday, topping on his offer to provide free fan transportation.

The figure adds to the growing list of financial pledges should the national team secure the win that would effectively secure their ticket for the AFCON Finals.

The Government has also waived gate charges to woe supporters with a total of 150 buses set to ferry fans from across different stations in the capital Nairobi to the Kasarani Stadium.

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