Football Kenya Federation has confirmed that the national women team Harambee Starlets will get back to the residential camp in preparation for their upcoming Olympics qualifiers against Zambia.
The team’s camp had been disbanded by the federation citing lack of government support with blame fingers pointing PS Kirimi Kaberia.
FKF President Nick Mwendwa ranted on how the PS has blocked their process of getting the government funds.
In a quick rejoinder, the government hit back with new demands including a complete audited report on how the federation has used all their moneys.
Kaberia particularly insisted that FKF has received a lot of money that they should not be asking for any more funds.
“I think he (Nick Mwendwa) is just an ungrateful person. FKF has received so much money from the ministry in the last year. So much more than all the other federations combined. If I show you the documents you will be surprised. We gave them Sh244 million for the (Africa) Cup of Nations and this money was to cover their stay in Egypt until the finals,” Kaberia said.
But in a strange twist FKF now says the government has promised to fund the Starlets. It also says part of moneys meant for CHAN 2020 duties has also been paid.
The FKF letter reads;
“Following numerous engagements with the Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Ambassador Amina Mohamed, the government has directed that Harambee Starlets report for residential training camp at Sports Kenya, Stadion Hotel, tomorrow, ahead of the team’s Olympic qualifier against Zambia scheduled for November 8 and 11, 2019, home and away respectively.
“Additionally, the CS has also assured the federation that budgetary requests regarding the team’s upcoming fixtures against Zambia will be met.
“In light of the aforementioned, the federation wishes to thank the Cabinet Secretary for Sports for her timely intervention, this even as preparations for the team to report to camp begins in earnest.
“Simultaneously, the government, through the National Sports Fund, has also released Kes. 3.9million to the federation. The Money is part of a Kes. 17million budget that the federation had requested from the fund, to go towards the preparation of Harambee Stars CHAN 2020 home and away fixture against Tanzania.
“It is our strong belief that going forward, the office of the Cabinet Secretary will continue to work towards ensuring that Kenyan sportsmen and women are accorded the much-needed support to prepare adequately for international assignments.”