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Ruto pledge to Harambee Stars finally gets to players

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A happy Dennis Oliech in his playing days. The recent battering will keep the star relevant | image source: Mpasho
A happy Dennis Oliech in his playing days. The recent battering will keep the star relevant | image source: Mpasho

Do you remember when, in the heart of a sprited Afcon qualifying campaign, DP William Ruto promised Ksh. 50 million to players? Well, reports reaching the OneTisa desk indicate the new doctor in town has lived up to his promise.

As per FKF website footballkenya.org, the federation has received Ksh. 244 million from the government. Of this amount, Ksh. 50 million has been shared out among the team that participated in qualifying. The rest of the money will be used for AFCON preparations.

AFCON 2019 Preparations

This preparation includes a three-week training camp in France. The camp scheduled for May 23-June 14 will be the final phase of preparations before the team reports for competition in Egypt.

It will be a necessary task as Harambee Stars looks to go past the preliminary round of AFCON finals for the first time ever. It will also be a key moment for Nick Mwendwa’s term as FKF president.

Critics have previously argued that Kenya’s qualification was not so much as a result of his administration. Rather, they said, he only found himself at the right place at the right time as the competition was epanded from 16 to 24 teams. A slot in the knock-out stages would be a welcome vindication.

The honored pledge is also a welcome gesture in a sector that has often been sidelined in government priorities. We wouldn’t want to soil the good news with memories of unfulfilled promises, but they exist and we remember.

Photo of Nick Mwendwa
FKF president Nick Mwendwa speaking at Hussein’s memorial | Photo: Mugambi Muriuki

Afcon return

Kenya will be making an appearance at the Afcon after a 15-year absence. Dennis Oliech, the team’s star striker in the 2004 edition is in the running for a slot at the tournament. Although not at his very best, ‘kajole‘ has recently worked with Gor Mahia where he has been excellent from the spot. Stars coach Sebastien Migne says there will be no sentimental call-ups though.

Chance to be at Afcon 2019

For the ardent fans, betting site Betin is running a sort of lottery for tickets to Afcon 2019. The official Stars’ partner is virtually selling spots at the draw table. You could try it out if you are feeling lucky. Good luck if you do…i’ll collect my ‘thank you’ once you are confirmed winner!

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