- Harambee Stars Midfielder, Victor Wanyama is down to the knees asking the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) to make sure the country competes in the World Cup qualifying matches. He believes FKF must do everything to meet FIFA’s demands.
Kenya is facing expulsion from the competition after they failed to meet the deadline as ordered by FIFA. Following a ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport last October FIFA ordered Kenya to pay former head coach Adel Amrouche a sum of Sh109million for alleged wrongful dismissal from his job as a coach.
FKF was given until April 23 to pay the fine or face FIFA sanctions. This could include disqualification from the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, where they are pooled in Group E alongside Uganda, Mali, and Rwanda.
FKF president Nick Mwendwa head of the deadline broke silence on the matter something that spell unfortunates to every star player.
“We cannot do anything now, the deadline is on [Thursday] and we don’t have the money, all we will wait for now is FIFA position, if they take the decision to ban us from World Cup qualifiers, it will not be the end of the world, we will have another year to compete in the same qualifier.”
This has shaken the Harambee Stars skipper to the core begging the federation to try much harder to bring ends to meet and avoid the sanction.
“I think we have a chance by playing the qualifiers. But it is true we could be banned by FIFA because of money they owed our former coach,” Wanyama stated.
“It is a shame something like that can cost a lot of players the opportunity to participate on the world stage. I want to urge the FKF to please find a way to settle the matter quickly so that we can continue with our dream to be on the world stage,” Wanyama Concluded.
It is so unfortunate to the Harambee Stars players who had already focus and dream big of the 2022 world prestigious cup should Kenya suffers the same fate Zimbabwe suffered in 2018.
Furthermore, Kenyan expulsion from the world cup qualifier might not be enough as FIFA may also divert the development fund meant for Kenya to settle Amrouche’s debt and also institute other disciplinary actions on the federation.