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Chartered flight to Comoros for Stars


STARS-JOMANAIROBI, Kenya, May 27 – Harambee Stars will travel Wednesday for their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) preliminary round qualifiers return leg clash against Comoros on a chartered flight.

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) entered into a partnership with carrier Fly540 on Tuesday where 15 complimentary return tickets worth Sh659, 624 (USD 7,500) were presented to the team that will face Comoros on Friday in Moroni.

The airline issued a special plane for Stars who will depart Wednesday at 2:30pm local time (+3GMT) since their scheduled flights on the Comoros route are plied on Fridays and Sundays.

“This is a very good gesture since our national team will be using this flight whenever we have international assignments. The deal has come at the right time as we start our journey to qualify for Afcon after 10 years.

“We are prepared for the return leg and I urge all Kenyans to support the team while in Comoros,” FKF chief Sam Nyamweya said when unveiling the partnership on Tuesday.

Fly 540 operations director, Nixon Ooko, said they are in negotiations to extend the deal to Kenyan Premier League (KPL).

“We will be holding further discussions with FKF to take our partnership to another level by incorporating our KPL teams, so I think it will cut their cost whenever they are having matches outside Nairobi,” Ooko stated.

Coach Adel Amrouche charges carry a 1-0 advantage to the clash and a draw will see them progress to the next stage where they will meet either Liberia or Lesotho in the second round of the qualifiers.

If they progress further, Group C that features 2013 Afcon finalists Burkina Faso, Gabon and Angola awaits.