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Fans’ anger as Harambee Stars jet out for Cape Verde

Anger greeted the poor organization of Harambee Stars’ trip to Cape Verde  that saw the team get stranded at the Wilson Airport for the better part of Monday.

The team before eventually jetted out at 9.15pm for the 6,870 km trip to Cape Verde. A direct flight in a modern jetliner would take about eight hours.

Enraged football fans took to social media on Monday to vent their fury, with Harambee Stars becoming the trending topic on Facebook for the better part of Monday.

Veteran Sports journalist Elias Makori wrote: “The shenanigans around Harambee Stars’ shoddy preparations and comical travel arrangements for the Cape Verde match highlight how birdbrained managers of Kenyan football and the country’s sport are. In civilized democracies, the Sports CS and entire Football Kenya Federation executive would do the honourable thing and take a walk.”

Legendary footballer Joe Kadenge, who was Harambee Stars team manager in 1990, when the team threatened not to travel to Blantyre, Malawi, for an African Cup of Nations qualifier, wondered why the federation cannot sort the mess once and for all.


“It’s a shame that many years down the line we are still discussing the same mess. Is it too hard to sort it once and for an all? And why are the federation’s chiefs still gunning to defend their seats when they can’t solve simple issues?,” Kadenge posed.

Another fan, Fauzia Rahma took a swipe at aspirants gunning to unseat the FKF President Sam Nyamweya for not showing leadership in the face of crisis.

“All those aspiring to be Presidents of football are a let-down. Hakuna anayefaa any vote. If what they are fighting for is in such a mess why didn’t they agree n fundraise get the pilot maboys waende ndio tujue they have football interest at heart not mouth,” he said.


Wycliffe Odhiambo on his part backed Harambee Stars to do well even in the face of adversity: “History has is it that Harambee Stars perform well after going through hell. It’s not the first time this is happening, it has happened before you can refer in Calabar in Nigeria, Aswan in Egypt, In Libya, In Congo just to mention but a few. Please note it’s not that am supporting the impunity but what am saying is in our lowest moment is when our star shines brighter. I believe in the team today na pia kama mbaya mbaya kwani iko nini?

A fan by the name Koth Birio chose to crack a joke on the matter: “Harambee Stars against all odds will win this match today. Their resilience, strong will, ability to survive Kenyan issues and the players experience in handling stress and pressure at the Annual Koth Biro football tournament will definitely help them at this sad time. We await to respectfully welcome you back our brave warriors as you take your positions at Kothbiro where Stars shine and new stars are born.”