On Wednesday, Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba bid farewell to Harambee Stars at JKIA as they embarked on their journey to West Africa for the 2026 World Cup Qualifiers.
The matches against Gabon and Seychelles are scheduled from November 16 to November 20, 2023.
Kenya returns to competitive international football for the first time in two years following the lifting of the FIFA suspension.
Government through Moyasa has fully supported the team, with good level build-up friendlies, including against World Cup teams Russia, Qatar and Iran,” Namwamba said on X formerly known as Twitter.
The Cabinet Secretary mentioned that the players have completed the necessary time in a high-quality residential camp.
Additionally, he confirmed that player allowances and technical bench payments have been taken care of.
“We have chattered a private aircraft to fly the team directly to the two crucial assignments in Gabon and Côte d’Ivoire where Seychelles is hosting their game,” he added.
CS Namwamba also promised Harambee Stars KSh2.5 million for every 3 points they score in these qualifiers.
Speaking on November 8, 2023, Football Kenya Federation Chief Executive Officer Barry Otieno expressed confidence with the level of the team’s preparation so far.
“We have prepared well enough and set the stage for a good performance. Our fine form in recent international friendlies suggests we are ripe for the task ahead,” Otieno said.
Harambee Stars secured a 2-1 win against 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar but faced a setback with a 1-0 loss to South Sudan in Nairobi a few days later.
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In their last friendly held in Turkey last month, they demonstrated strong character, securing a 2-2 draw against Russia.