Nairobi News


Kenya yet to confirm hosting Somalia, Rwanda U-23 match

Kenya remains non-committal on a request from Somalia to host the U-23 Africa Nations Championship return leg clash between Somalia and Rwanda this weekend.

The Somali FA had requested its Kenyan counterparts to stage this tie in Nairobi owing to security concerns in the Horn of Africa nation, but reputable sources have since told Nairobi News that Football Kenya Federation has tried in the past ten days, but failed to get a Government guarantee to host the Somali team.

“As it stands, the game won’t be played in Kenya as the Ministries of Sports and Foreign Affairs are yet to approve a request in writing,” as a source within the Federation told Nairobi News.

The Somalia team is scheduled to arrive in the country on Monday morning for week-long preparations in a bid to wipe out a 2-0 deficit conceded to the Rwandan side in Kigali ten days ago.

As part of their preparations the Somalia team have a match against FKF Premier League side Talanta FC lined up on Wednesday.

Should the team fail to confirm the match venue at least five days to this game, Rwanda will get a walkover to the next stage, as per the Confederation of African Football rules.