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Family Bank to sell Stars vs Togo tickets


NAIROBI, Kenya, February 24- Togo’s Sparrow Hawks are expected in the country on Monday ahead of their midweek 2013 Africa Nations Cup qualifier against hosts Harambee Stars in Nairobi.

Speaking on Friday, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) boss, Sam Nyamweya, also announced sales of the tickets for the match set for Nyayo National Stadium would commence on Saturday as Family Bank landed the rights to distribute them in a landmark agreement.

“Family Bank have come on board to sell the tickets since we want to get the maximum return unlike the past where money disappeared from ticket collections.

“We have made arrangements with Kenya Police to arrest on the spot those found with fake tickets so that we can ensure that we get the most for our football,” Nyamweya stated.

Family Bank is the pioneer banking institution to be involved in ticket distribution of Harambee Stars tickets and the firm officials said they would be available from their 26 branches in Nairobi and 260 across the country until mid-morning on match day.

According to the federation, 23,000 tickets retailing at Sh300 ($3.65) are earmarked for the terraces with 2,500 costing Sh1, 000 ($12.19) set aside for VIP seating.

Nyamweya also ruled out the possibility of pushing back kick-off from 4pm local time (+3GMT) to 7pm to accord more fans the chance to watch the match after work.

“It would have been fantastic for the match to start (under floodlights) at 7pm but Nyayo Stadium does not have a standby generator so CAF would not allow the game to be played there.

“The Stadium is also black listed for insecurity incidents by FIFA and we want to avoid anything that would lead to a total ban since we need a venue to play 2014 World Cup qualifiers,” he added.
On the squad, Nyamweya confirmed three foreign based players had already arrived in the country to join their teammates with the rest due to depart for Nairobi soon after their weekend games.

Veteran Titus Mulama (St Eloi Lupopo, DRC) and Christian Bwamy (Follo FK) have already joined their teammates.

Meanwhile, Togo head coach Didier Dix announced his 20-man team to face Kenya.

Goalkeepers: Kossi Agassa (Reims, France) and Atsu Mawugbé (Maranatha, Togo).

Defenders: Mamah Gafar (Dacia FC, Moldavia), Kokou Donou (Maranatha, Togo), Serge
Akakpo (Zilina, Slovakia), Nibombé Daré (Royal Boussu, Belgium), Ouro-Akoriko Sadat (Free
State Stars, South Africa), Mango Senah (Olympique de Marseille, France) and Djen Dakonam
(Coton Sport, Cameroon).

Midfielders: Dové Womé (Free State Stars, South Africa), Alaixys Romao (Lorient, France),
Floyd Ayité (Reims, France), Razak Boukari (Rennes, France), Prince Segbefia, (Auxerre,
France), Moustapha Salifou (FC Saarbrücken, Germany), Komlan Amewou (Nîmes Olympique,
France) and Kodjo Amétépé (Maranatha, Togo).

Attackers: Emmanuel Shéyi Adebayor (Tottenham, England), Serge Gakpé (Standard de Liège,
Belgium) and Arimiyaou Kondo (Okiti, Togo)