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Stars made to sleep in Congolese night club

Harambee Stars’ contingent that is the Republic of Congo for an African Cup of Nations qualifying match has complained of hostile treatment from the host nation.

According to the team’s head of delegation, Robert Asembo, Stars who arrived in the Central African nation on Friday evening were booked at Daniel’s Club and Hotel – a facility that doubles up as a prominent night club in Owando town.

Members of the Kenyan delegation were also reportedly assaulted by the local security detail, when they attempting to take photos of the hotel whose walls smelled of fresh paint.

“This is abhorable, it shows luck of respect by our guests, but this wont deter our vision of picking up atleast a point in the game,” Asembo told Nairobi News on hone from Owando.


Football Kenya Federation was last evening expected to file a formal complaint over the matter with the Confederation of African Football.

Stars players endured a day long journey from Nairobi to Owando which commenced with a two hour flight from Nairobi to Addis Ababa, followed by another four and a half connecting flight to the Democratic Republic of Congo capital Kinshasa.

The team then boarded a 23 minute flight to the Republic of Congo’s capital Brazzaville, plus a separate two and a half hour plane journey to Owando, before navigating a two hour road trip to the hotel they had been booked into.

This situation is reminiscent of Kenya’s woes in Nigeria back in March 2013, when the national team played a World Cup qualifier against the Super Eagles in Calabar.

Harambee Stars probable line up: Boniface Oluoch, David Owino, Aboud Omar, David Ochieng, Jackson Saleh, Victor Wanyama, Anthony Akumu, Ayub Timbe, Allan Wanga, Francis Kahata, Paul Were