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Harambee Stars back from Sudan after friendly cancellation

06 March 2014, 15:02

Nairobi - National team Harambee Stars arrived safely back in the country from their embarrassing trip to Sudan for a friendly match that failed to take place.

The Stars arrived back Thursday morning after their match with the Sudanese was cancelled at the last minute due to confusion over a venue.

The match was to be played in Khartoum Wednesday but was later switched to the war ravaged Darfur region which the Stars management did not agree with.

After haggling and several mishaps, the players finally arrived home to mumblings of discontent amongst fans and football administrators.

" The situation of our players being asked to travel to another destination for the match was an innuendo that FKF takes great exception of and that mischief led to the head of delegation to maintain that no further travelling will be accepted because that was contrary to the terms to which we committed ourselves to before the match. The team will, consequently, travel back home and we will not be under any obligation to honour the match,

" FKF will not allow our players to be subjected to situations where their security will be at risk, we have a responsibility and owe it to Kenyans for the safety of the team hence our decision to instruct the team to return home without kicking a ball in Sudan. The players have their families and friends who would suffer serious psychological trauma should the team be forced to play in a location generally considered insecure. We will not allow that to happen.

 " We are mindful of the fact that any change of date or venue for the game is negative to our teams that are supposed to have their players back for the return legs of the Confederation of African Football assignments. Chalking up any unnecessary miles would therefore not be welcome as it also affects our Europe-based professionals who must also return in time for their respective clubs' assignment over the weekend.

" Our players have contract obligations with their clubs, which by FIFA rules, have ownership of the players and FKF respects that principal. The Kenyan people are obviously disappointed, as is the entire footballing fraternity, because this kind of mischief on the part of the organisers this goes against the spirit of the game.

 " FKF will demand that the organisers are held accountable for this botch-up and that FIFA takes action against those responsible. We have incurred expenses that we will be demanding that requisite compensation be considered and the match be awarded to us since we turned up for the match only for it not be, a statement from FKF president Sam Nyamweya read.

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