FKF slams South African embassy over Leopards Visa delay
03 March 2014, 15:30
Nairobi - The Football Kenya Federation FKF has slammed the South African embassy in Nairobi over what it calls sabotage over delayed Visa's for AFC Leopards.
FKF chair Sam Nyamweya says that the Federation has read mischief in the matter and that they have written to CAF to take a look into it.
" We had requested
that the match be rescheduled to Sunday, March 2 2014 due to
the fact there was a delay in securing Visas to the team members to no avail.
FKF takes great exception in the way the team application for Visas was handled
by the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa. AFC Leopards applied for their
visas on Friday, February 21st and we find it inexplicable that the process
took seven days when the prescribed period is five days, Nyamweya said in a statement .
" It is natural to
suspect mischief in this whole matter when looked at against the blatant
refusal to move the match. We strongly believe that AFC Leopards had a
legitimate right to have their fixture rescheduled based on the Visa delay.
They were denied a chance to train in South Africa ahead of the match, he added.
The South African Federation SAFA had earlier blamed the logistical nature of the match for their inability to shift it, considering the fact that sponsors and television times had already been set.
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