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FKF calls for calm in the wake of AFCON elimination

07 August 2014, 13:57

Nairobi - The Football Kenya Federation has called for calm heads following the Harambee Stars' disappointing exit from 2015 AFCON qualifying.

Domestic football's governing body fired the national team coaching staff, led by Adel Amrouche, after Sunday's goalless draw with Lesotho, which ended Kenya's qualification campaign as they went down 1-0 on aggregate.

There were calls for an in-house clean up, but FKF president Sam Nyamweya has rejected the idea and highlighted the group's achievements as an argument for their retention.

"There were many losers of the contest to qualify for the group stages of next year's AFCON qualifiers," Nyamweya said in a statement.

"If we suggest that all those that lost deserve to be disbanded, then we would be behaving like those who will bring down a whole house to deal with a rodent.

"At the time of taking over, our fortunes were not just nose-diving, but were at the lowest ebb, manifested by the lowly ranking in the global order of football merit, we were in position 137, with no functional leagues except the Kenyan Premier League.

"All the lower leagues were dysfunctional and only cartels were running football in the name of tournaments and poorly-structured competitions that the federation had no role in."

He added: "Two years and the achievements are there for all to behold, except for the naysayers, who have never believed anything could be achieved.

"Granted, the challenges we faced then, and even now, were enormous, but we did not suffer any disillusionment on the task ahead.

"Today, we have streamlined our leagues from the top flight (KPL), the National Super League, National Division One, Regional Leagues and the County as well as Sub-County Leagues."

Under Amrouche and the current leadership, Kenya hosted and won the 2013 CECAFA Cup, ending a 30-year wait for the East African title.

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