Pay now, Migne tells gov’t on Stars bonus conundrum


Harambee Stars head coach Sébastien Migné reacts during their International Friendly match against Equitorial ...
Harambee Stars head coach Sébastien Migné reacts during their International Friendly match against Equitorial Guinea at Kenyatta stadium in Machakos on May 28, 2018. Harambee stars won 1-0. Photo/Oliver Ananda/Sportpicha.

In Summary

  • Harambee stars head coach Sebastian Migne is appealing to the government and the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) to move with speed and settle the players’ allowances before they host Ethiopia on Sunday in a crunch African Cup of Nations qualifier.
  •  Migne was however full of praise for his players for the one hard-earned point yesterday against Ethiopia at the intimidating Bahir Dar Stadium.

Harambee Stars head coach Sebastian Migne is appealing to the government and the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) to move with speed and settle the players’ allowances before they host Ethiopia on Sunday in a crunch African Cup of Nations qualifier.

The Stars hold a healthy chance of gracing the continental showpiece for the first time in 14 years and Migne wants full financial support to the team.

Migne noted it was an embarrassment for the Kenyan government not to pay players their allowances, a situation he has never experienced in his coaching career.

“I have never seen this in Africa; I can tell you this didn’t happen in Democratic Republic of Congo, in Congo and in Togo where I was a coach. Kenya has very good players and they have the potential to qualify for AFCON so please help them,”he lamented.

Harambee Stars striker Michael Olunga (left) and captain Victor Wanyama celebrates victory against Congo Brazzaville during their 2017 Afcon qualifier match at Safaricom Stadium Kasarani on June 5, 2016. Kenya won 2-1. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha

Stars captain Victor Wanyama who plays for English Premier League’s side Tottenham Hot Spurs echoed his boss sentiments .

“The players are complaining so much because they are giving their best but they are not being appreciated. I hope the government will chip in and sort this  out because we are almost qualifying and we don’t want to break the pot at the doorstep,” Said Wanyama.

Migne was however full of praise for his players for the one hard-earned point yesterday against Ethiopia at the intimidating Bahir Dar Stadium.

“It was difficult to beat them in that stadium. Their fans showed a very good example and I think we should do the same in Nairobi. Let the fans put on red jerseys and come in large numbers on Sunday to support the team, it’s very important match for us,” Migne said.

On Thursday, the government through the Ministry of Sports announced a free entry to the Moi Internation Sports Centre, Kasarani in a bid to get the crowd behind the stars.

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