Harambee Stars to receive Sh26 million from CAF for Egypt preparations

By Gilbert Wandera: Friday, April 26th 2019 at 00:00 GMT +3 | Football


Harambee Stars Captain Mohamed Musa (third right) leads his team to acknowledge fans' cheers before match kick-off against Ghana during African Cup of Nations Qualifier match at Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on September 8, 2018. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

Harambee Stars will receive Sh26 million from Confederation of African Football (CAF) for preparations ahead of Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt.

The money will be paid to the 24 teams participating in the tournament.

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa said the money will help bridge the existing deficit in their budget.

The federation received Sh244 million from the government two weeks ago to help a number of issues including sending the team to France for a training camp and pay a Sh50 million pledge made to the team for qualifying for the tournament.

“We will most likely receive the money next week and it will help us bridge a deficit in our budget. We want to ensure that the team has best preparations and the players are well taken care of,” he said.

Stars could get more money in the tournament should they proceed to the group stages where teams are guaranteed at least Sh45 million.

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Harambee Stars will leave the country on May 25 for the three-week camp in France. The team is scheduled for a friendly match on June 8 against Madagascar in Paris.

Another build-up match is scheduled for June 11 most likely against Uganda Cranes before the team jets out to Cairo.

Elsewhere, Kisumu All-Stars have been awarded their match against Wazito which they lost 4-0 at the weekend.

This is after Wazito were found to have fielded an ineligible player Teddy Osok in the match.

Osok was serving a suspension after picking five yellow cards. But Wazito have been awarded their abandoned match against Shabana that was played on April 7 at Camp Toyoyo.

The federation’s league and competitions committee also fined Shabana Sh20,000 after their fans caused chaos in which the match was abandoned.

The match had reached the 96th minute but had to be called off after Wazito equalized.

“Shabana is hereby warned that severe punishment will be meted out on it if its fans, members or supporters will be found guilty of a similar charge in future matches,” the letter sent to Shabana,  by FKF General Secretary Robert Muthomi, read in part.

Wazito lie second on the log with 57 points from 28 matches while Shabana is tenth with 40 points from 28 matches.

Prize money at AFCON

The winner of the tournament will pocket Sh450 million.

The runners-up walks away with Sh250 million.

All semi-finalists to be paid Sh200 million each.

All quarter-finalists to walk away with Sh80 million each.

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