Cash crunch hits FKF ahead of Ethiopia clash

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne gestures during a training session at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies on September 5, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 3 – Harambee Stars face a tough phase before their crucial back-to-back 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers against Ethiopia’s Walya Antelopes with the Football Kenya Federation grappling with financial crisis.By close of business on Wednesday evening, the Federation was yet to secure funds from the Sports Ministry to purchase flight tickets for the 14 foreign based players called in by head coach Sebastien Migne for the clash. This is on top of the fact that Migne himself has only been paid for two months since he took charge of the job and has gone for the remaining two without a penny of his salary.“We are yet to secure money from the government and as we speak the president (Nick Mwendwa is meeting with the PS (Kirimi Kaberia) to try and secure these funds. It is a bit alarming because we should be travelling to Ethiopia by latest Monday and today is Wednesday,” FKF Chief Executive Officer Robert Muthomi told Capital Sport.He went on to explain that the federation has been seeking to get funds from the government, with a budget of Sh25mn said to be the amount needed for the two games against Ethiopia as well as settle bills from the Ghana match.“We haven’t paid the travel agent for the tickets we took for the first game against Ghana. Together with the Ethiopia game, we have a budget of almost 25 million shillings. The financial situation at the federation is not good and with this being a national team, we expect the government to take charge,” added Muthomi.Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne during a past training session at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThere is also worry that head coach Migne might be uncomfortable with the situation over his salary with sources claiming the coach is unhappy.“He has his family here and definitely, he wants to be paid for his job. He hasn’t received his salary for two months and after the Ethiopia home game, we don’t know what might happen or what action he will take,” a source close to the Federation insinuated.Kenya faces a date with destiny in the two matches against Ethiopia as even four points from the available six will inch them closer to an AFCON appearance for the first time in 14 years.Kenya, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone and Ghana are all on three points with Ghana leading the group and Kenya second based on goal difference. While Kenya plays Ethiopia, Ghana will be tackling on Sierra Leone and this round of matches will give the group direction.Head coach Migne had already anticipated to have the local group of players in camp by at least Thursday evening, but the same might be tricky both because of financial problems as well as the period not falling within the FIFA window.The Harambee Stars players hurdle together in prayer before the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Ghana at the Kasarani Stadium on September 8, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“The idea was to have players coming in for training then go back to their clubs without residential camp. But this is difficult in two ways; some clubs have very important matches this weekend and will not be comfortable in releasing their players,”“Also, it will not be wise to make camp bookings only to have three or four players turn up. So we will just have to wait till Sunday evening when all players are available, then possibly they can spend together before flying to Ethiopia,” Muthomi explained.The foreign based players are expected to link up with the team directly in Ethiopia for the first leg tie which will be staged on October 10 in Bahir Dar while the return tie is the following Sunday in Nairobi.Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne with attacking midfielder Eric Johanna. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAMeanwhile, the team has received a massive boost with the return to fitness of attacking midfielder Eric Johannah.The former Mathare United man picked up an ankle injury two weeks ago, but made a competitive comeback on Tuesday featuring for his Swedish club IF Bromma’s Under-21 team as they lost 4-3 to Hammarby.Central midfielder Johannah Omollo who tuirns out for Belgian side Cercle Brugge is also back fit though he missed out his side’s 4-0 derby loss at the hands of Club Brugge last weekend.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Cole Middle School science teacher Barbara Leonard said the relief effort began after the National Aeronautics and Space Administration sent out word that five Gulf Coast schools in its Explorer School program had been ravaged by the hurricane. In a two-week period starting before Thanksgiving, Cole students gathered up the 90 boxes of goods. Leonard added that Cole pupils had earlier raised more than $2,000 to give to the Red Cross to aid hurricane victims, as well as $800 for an animal group working to rescue animals from flooded areas. “I am really pleased with it. I’m pleased to be able to help another school. I think of them as a sister school,” Leonard said. “The kids – that effort they put out, I’m impressed.” The books, supplies and computers will be delivered by a truck driver who lives in Biloxi. The arrangement was set up with the help of Eastside Union School District trustee Jannette Crawford, who also is a member of the Lancaster West Rotary Club, and James Baker, a member of the Rotary Club of Lancaster, who owns Lancaster Moving and Storage. Through the company’s dispatch system, Baker was able to locate the Biloxi truck driver who was heading back home and had room on his truck. LANCASTER – Antelope Valley High School is donating 60 computers and Cole Middle School is giving 90 boxes of school supplies and old textbooks to two Mississippi schools devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The boxes of pencils, binders, notebooks, youth novels, glue sticks and literature and science texts that Cole is no longer using will be sent to a fellow NASA Explorer middle school, Bay Waveland Middle School, in Bay St. Louis, Miss. The computers, from an Antelope Valley High School program in which students refurbish computers donated by businesses and the community, will be going to a sister high school in Biloxi. “We are very excited. The language-arts teachers are excited about the prospect of getting additional literature books. Our library was completely destroyed,” said Connie Roth, a science teacher at Bay Waveland. The truck driver passed up a job of moving household goods from a home in Santa Barbara to come to Lancaster, losing out on some earnings, Baker said. “Everybody involved with the hurricane thing – they have a passion for helping each other,” Baker said. Crawford was able to secure a $500 grant through her Rotary district to pay for the transport. Crawford also got a call from the director of Antelope Valley High School’s Information Systems Academy, who wanted to send the computers to a sister academy at the Biloxi high school. After Hurricane Katrina hit Aug. 29, Bay Waveland Middle School was closed for 2 months and only reopened to students about two weeks ago. About half of the school’s 600 students have returned. The area around Bay St. Louis was hit by a storm surge that reached heights of 30 feet. The devastation spanned a big stretch of the coastline – equivalent to the distance between Santa Monica and Santa Barbara, Roth said. “Our school was completely gutted. The people who restore buildings came in, and they literally scraped our school completely clean,” Roth said. “When I came back, I didn’t have one supply. Not a pencil. They got rid of everything.” The school has received some supplies, such as paper and glue, but still lacks computers, microscopes, thermometers and scales, Roth said. “Everything we taught with is pretty much gone. It makes it very difficult to do what you usually do,” Roth said. The response from the staff at Bay Waveland to Cole’s generosity has been warm. An e-mail to Leonard stated, “If you were available, the whole science department would hug you.” Leonard responded: “We live 10 miles from the San Andreas (Fault). When the San Andreas opens, remember us like we are remembering you.” Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more