Harambee Stars players receive major allowance boost ahead of AFCON

By Brian Murumba: Saturday, June 15th 2019 at 14:03 GMT +3 | Sports
Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama (left) and Joash Onyango during the team training session in Paris, France on June 13, 2019. [Courtesy]

With just a few days left to the beginning of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt, the Kenya team has received a major boost after Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa confirmed that the players and technical team had been paid their allowances.

 “I want to set the record straight, when we left Kenya every player got 2,500 dollars (Ksh 254,625) and we promised Kenyans when the coach releases his final 23-man squad, we will pay 5,000 dollars (Ksh 509,250) and I can tell Kenyans again that on Friday, all players and the bench were paid all the money,” Nick Mwendwa told journalists upon the team’s arrival in Spain.

“There is nothing to discuss regarding money, the preparations have been super, they have got the new kit, they have a good medical equipment and they have a fantastic training facility that you can dream of, Portugal was here before they won Euro in 2017, so can you imagine our team staying in the same facility as Portugal?

“This is unprecedented stuff, this has never happened in Kenyan football, we have given them every little tool they have asked for, we have added the number of stuff that they wanted and even brought the chef to make sure that they have a Kenyan touch on the food that they eat.” said Mwendwa.

The Harambee Stars are in Spain to take on Democratic Republic of Congo in a friendly match that is part of the team’s preparation for the AFCON tournament that starts on June 21.

They left the country for Paris on Friday, May 31st where they have been camping while getting ready for the big event.

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Stars have already played a friendly match with Madagascar where they emerged 1-0 victors, courtesy of a goal scored by skipper Victor Wanyama from the spot.

After the DRC clash, Kenya will now move to Egypt as they carry the hopes of Kenyans who now think that the players have no reason to fail after their allowances were paid in full.

They will have at least 7 days to polish their preparations before they hit the turf against the Desert Foxes of Algeria on Sunday, June 23rd followed by neighbours Tanzania then African football powerhouse Senegal.




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