Football Kenya Federation has welcomed President Uhuru Kenyatta’s reiteration that government will support all national teams following the operationalization of the Sports fund.
The President made the remarks during the closing ceremony of the Beyond Zero Marathon that was held in Nairobi on Saturday, March 10, 2019.
“On my own behalf and that of the entire football fraternity I want to thank the President for the proactive role the government continues to play in the development of Sports in the country,” said FKF president Nick Mwendwa.
“His affirmation that all national teams will be fully sponsored by the government not only comes at an opportune time when our national teams are preparing to take part in a number of international engagements but also when the country is preparing to take part in the AFCON tournament for the first time in 15 years.
“As a Federation, we welcome the remarks by His Excellency the President and are committed to ensuring that Kenya will be well represented at the international level,” he said.
The senior National team, Harambee Stars, will be taking part in the Africa Cup of Nations, set to be held in Egypt between June 21, and July 19, 2019, for the first time in 15 years. The team is consequently set to pitch a 3-week camp in France ahead of the continental showpiece, but first up is a final AFCON qualifying match against Ghana, slated for March 23, 2019.
Also on duty will be the U23 national team, the Emerging Stars, who will be facing Sudan in a two-legged Olympics Qualifier in March. The team checks into camp on Monday, March 11, 2019, ahead of the first leg, slated for March 20, 2019, in Khartoum. The second leg will be played on March 24, 2019, at the MISC Kasarani.
Further, the National U15 team has been drafted into the MIC Football Tournament in Costa Brava, Spain, where they will come up against top European sides’ academies.