Mwendwa laments lack of govt funding, puts PS Kaberia on the spot
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa has put Sports Principal Secretary, Ambassador Kirimi Kaberia on the receiving end demanding that the he announces reasons for not funding national teams.
Addressing the media in a State of Kenyan Football press address, Mwendwa laid bare the claim that the PS has been refusing to fund national teams representing the country at international assignments.
“There is money at the Sports fund but the PS has simply refused to release it for the national teams,” Mwenda said.
Mwendwa announced the disbandment of the Harambee starlets training camp ahead of the 2020 Olympics qualifier against Zambia in Nairobi on 4th November and the return leg a week later in Lusaka which is the last stage of the long qualification journey with the aggregate winner earning a ticket to grace the 2020 Olympics set for Japan.
“We have had to call off the Starlets training since we have endlessly asked for funding but has not been coming forth,” Mwendwa said.
“It is painful to see the girls unable to cater for their basic needs. I’m forced to sometimes use my personal resources to help them yet they are owed by the Ministry. I don’t know if there is a problem with funding especially the girls because the story is the same with the rugby team Kenya Lionesses,” Mwendwa noted.
“The President told me to my face that we now have a structured fund that will take care of all national teams. What is the PS’s problem with football because he has simply refused to fund us and the most annoying part is that he never replies to letters,” Mwendwa said.
“Since Starlets played in the African Women Cup of Nations (AWCON), we have been applying for the team’s funding to no avail. We have incurred debts every time our team has been involved in international duties waiting to pay as soon we are funded, but it has never happened,” Mwendwa narrated.
In June 2019, the federation applied for Sh38 million, before applying for a further Sh18 million in August and a similar figure in October for the Malawi, Ethiopia, Ghana and Zambia matches respectively to no fruition.
Mwendwa also announced that if the situation will not change, Harambee Stars too will be forced not to honour the 2021 Africa Nations Cup qualification matches against Togo and Egypt in Nairobi and Cairo respectively in November.