Why Harambee Stars players have not received Sh50 million despite 3-0 win over Ethiopia

By Odero Charles: Sunday, October 14th 2018 at 21:33 GMT +3 | Football
Mbuvi Gideon Kioko Mike Sonko

Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko has honoured his pledge.

Speaking during a ceremony on Sunday at Stars' locker room at Kasarani Stadium after the match, Sonko confirmed that he awarded Sh3 million to Harambee Stars players as he had pledged if they win against Ethiopia.

Mike Sonko celebrating in the locker room

Harambee Stars produced a magnificent performance in their 3-0 victory over Ethiopia to inch closer to the 2019 AFCON qualifiers at Kasarani Stadium on Sunday.

 “I honoured my promise of a Sh3m cash reward to #HarambeeStars after their 3-0 win against Ethiopia in the AFCON qualifier match at Kasarani,” Sonko wrote on his Twitter account.

Deputy President William Ruto had also promised Harambee Stars players that the Government will award them Sh50 million if they qualify for 2019 AFCON in Cameroon.

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With Sierra Leone suspended due to government interference, group leaders Kenya will have to wait for Fifa's decision on the fate of Sierra Leone before they could receive the Sh50 million.

However if Sierra Leone confirms that the conditions stipulated in the Bureau of FIFA Council’s letter has been fulfilled and return to the qualifiers, they will lose the six points against Ghana which will put the Black Stars in commanding control of the group.

Sierra Leone were scheduled to play against Black Stars of Ghana in a two-legged tie on 11 October in Ghana and the 14 October in Sierra Leone.


Deputy President William Ruto cheered for Kenya during 2019 AFCON qualifiers [Photo courtesy]


Ruto made the pledge when he visited the team’s training at Kasarani Stadium on Friday where he went on to give the players a motivation token of Sh1 million.

Deputy President William Ruto receives a jersey from Harambee Stars captain Victor Mugubi Wanyama as players Allan Wanga, David Ochieng and Farouk Shikhalo look on at Kasarani stadium in Nairobi on October 12, 2018. They are preparing ahead of their African Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2019 qualifier match against Ethiopia at the same venue on October 14, 2018. Photo/Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.com


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