CECAFA blasts Harambee Stars
04 August 2014, 20:17
Nairobi - CECAFA secretary general Nicholas Musonye has spoken of his
disappointment following Kenya's elimination from the 2015 African Cup of
The Harambee Stars were knocked out by Lesotho in the third
round, after they were held to a 0-0 draw in the second leg decider at home on
Sunday, having lost the first encounter away 1-0.
Musonye criticised the Kenyans' preparations leading up to
the match, describing then as "shambolic" and also expressed his
disappointment to see Tanzania also knocked out.
"Losing Kenya and Tanzania, key members of CECAFA, is
disheartening," the CECAFA chief is quoted as saying by VoiceOfSport.
"Tanzania were up against (Mozambique) formidable
regular campaigners in the AFCON while Kenya should have easily gone over
"However, not taking home advantage by both our teams
became the doom. The writing is on the wall, in these competition people are
serious; you blink and you are in trouble."
He added: "It is a disaster for Kenya to be out of
top-flight international football until 2017. But their preparations for
Lesotho were shambolic, a total joke and it was no wonder we are out.
"I have confidence in the Rwanda, Sudan and Ethiopia
FAs. They are focused and definitely will reap fruits for their labour."
Rwanda and Sudan are both in Group B with powerhouses Bafana
Bafana and Nigeria, while Ethiopia will campaign in Group B against Algeria,
Mali and Malawi.