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Kenya pulls out of U23 qualifiers

[Posted 09 Jul 2011]
[By Charles Malingha]
Kenya pulls out of U23 qualifiers

More shame and controversies visited  Kenyan team after the 5-1 whipping of the Under-23 team in Nairobi by Uganda KOB last month. News from Kenya has it that the Kenyans has withdrawn from the competitions sighting financial problems.

Football Kenya Limited said the return leg which was scheduled for today in Kampala was fruitless, opening the window for sanctions from Confederations of African Football (Caf).

The hosts were to cater for meals and accommodation for the Kenyans but the football bosses gave the excuse of being broke for their decision.

After this reporter was tossed from one official to the other on Wednesday, FKLís Technical Committee chairman Hussein Swaleh could only say: "We donít have money to take the team to Uganda for the match."

FKL technical director Patrick Naggi said they had communicated cancellation of the match with their Ugandan counterparts and were therefore safe.

"We spoke with our hosts and told them that we wonít be in a position to honour our weekend fixture," said Naggi.

"Since we communicated with the Ugandans early enough, we donít expect to have any problems with Caf."

Federation of Uganda Football Association (Fufa) chief executive Edgar Watson however said he had not received such communication and that they had already made arrangements.

"As of now, Iím not aware of Kenya pulling out," Watson said on telephone from Uganda.

"We have already made travel arrangements for the referees as well as finalised on their accommodation plans. We will wait and see the letter then know what to do from there."

The tournament is regulated by Caf and FKLís action could see Kenya suffer penalties should the Ugandans petition to Africaís football governing body.

The team was expected to travel to Kampala on Friday needing to beat Uganda by more than six goals to stand a chance of qualifying for the All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique in September.

"We havenít heard anything from FKL, which means there might be no match against Uganda," said team manager Edward Oduor.

Officials of the team were yet to get any directive from FKL on the way forward regarding the teamís camp.

Efforts to reach the teamís coach, Leonard Saleh, were also fruitless as his mobile phone was switched off.

Besides the mandatory fine of $1,500 (Sh132, 000) they paid to Fufa in January 2010, Ugandaís SC Villa were banned for three years from continental inter-club competitions for pulling out of the Caf Confederations Cup after draws had been made.

In 2001, Military Police FC, also from Uganda, was banned for three years for their failure to honour a second leg home match in the Cup Winners Cup against Nkana Red Devils of Nigeria.


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