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Starlets to return to camp Thursday

Harambee Starlets players during a training session at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on October 7, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 30 – National women’s football team Harambee Starlets will return to camp at the Kasarani Stadium on Thursday after the Ministry of Sports promised to fund the camp and pay players’ allowances.

In a statement this evening, FKF say they have received an assurance from the ministry that the players’ allowances and camp expenses will be catered for ahead of next month’s two-legged Olympic qualifier against Zambia.

“Additionally, the CS has also assured the federation that budgetary requests regarding the team’s upcoming fixtures against Zambia will be met,”

“In light of the aforementioned, the federation wishes to thank the Cabinet Secretary for Sports for her timely intervention, this even as preparations for the team to report to camp begins in earnest,” a statement from the Federation on Wednesday evening stated.

The Federation had on Wednesday withdrawn the team from residential camp due to what it termed as lack of funds.

Mwendwa accompanied by his Secretary General Barry Otieno and vice president Doris Petra had camped at the ministry headquarters on Thursday evening in a bid to get funding for the team ahead of the Olympic qualifiers after allegedly failing to get responses on previous communication.

Sports CS Amina Mohammed with Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa and head of delegation Muriithi Nabea when she visited the team at their training complex in Marcoussis, Paris on June 9, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu

They could not meet the CS Amina Mohammed nor her PS Kirimi Kaberia as the former was attending another function while the latter is said to be out of the country.

At the same time, the Federation says it has received Sh3.9mn from the government but Mwendwa has told Capital Sport this is part of the Sh17mn budgetary allocation for the July African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier against Tanzania.

“This is only a bit of what we had asked for and is going to go into clearing some of the debts that we still have. We are working on something also for the girls and they will have to play,” Mwendwa stated.

The Federation was engaged in a war of words with the ministry on Wednesday and in particular the PS Kaberia whom they accused of not supporting the Federation despite their full disclosure and accountability of all funds they have received.

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