Raila Odinga meets Harambee Stars players ahead of AFCON tournament

By Game Yetu: Thursday, June 20th 2019 at 15:41 GMT +3 | Football
Raila Odinga holds Harambee Stars jersey after meeting the team in Egypt [Courtesy]

The African Union Commission High Representative for Infrastructure Development Raila Odinga on Thursday, June 20 visited the men’s national senior football team Harambee Stars at their hotel in Egypt.

Stars begin their campaign on Sunday as they clash with the Desert Warriors (Algeria) - a match they need to win to increase their chances of qualifying to the last 12.

Through a video shared on Twitter by a journalist covering the AFCON, a jovial Raila is seen entering the hotel escorted by guards and officials.

Here is the video:

Kenyan football team Harambee Stars will earn a whopping $4.5 million (Sh459 million) if they win the upcoming 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Cairo, Egypt.

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According to the Confederation of African Football (CAF), a total of Sh1.4 billion will be shared between the best teams.

If a country is knocked out from the quarter-final stage, it will cash in $800,000 (Sh82million).

Raila Odinga shakes hands with Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama as the Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and Arid and Semi-Arid Lands Eugene Wamalwa looks on. [Courtesy]

Semi-finalists who contest the third-place play-off will share $4m, with each getting $2m (Sh204 million).

The winners will pocket $4.5m (Sh459 million) while the runners-up will take home $2.5m (Sh255 million).

The tournament kicks off tomorrow Friday, June 21, with hosts Egypt taking on Zimbabwe at the Cairo International Stadium at 11 pm. 

Kenya have been pooled alongside neighbours Tanzania, Algeria and 2002 runners-up Senegal.

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