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FKF Caretaker Committee accepts defeat in Starlets AWCON chances

By Cecil Odongo February 16th, 2022 1 min read

The squabbles pitting football administrators has cost Kenya a spot at the 2022 Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON).

Come Wednesday, the Football Kenya Federation Caretaker Committee announced the national women football team, commonly referred to as Harambee Starlets, will not play Uganda in the ultimate qualification tie of this continental competition.

Starlets were to engage Uganda in the two-legged tie beginning Thursday in Kampala.

But Aaron Ringera, the Committee chairman, told journalists the team’s withdrawal was occasioned by a letter from Football Kenya Federation (FKF) General Secretary Barry Otieno addressed to his Confederation of African Football (Caf) counterpart Veron Onsengo Omba.

Caf announced two weeks ago that the Starlets had withdrawn from the tournament.

Otieno told Caf in the correspondence he was not in a position to organise the match after the Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed disbanded FKF.

Ringera also clarified that Caf had not replied to their letter protesting the decision to hand Uganda a walkover hence they were left with no decision to disband the three weeks camp and allow the girls to go home.

Ringera also announced Otieno will be appear before the Directorate of Criminal Investigations  (DCI) on Monday to answer accusations of interfering with  football activities.

The Committee said all the players have been paid their allowances and all expenses accumulate to less than Sh7 million against a budget of Sh39 million.