A section of Kenyan fans have read mischief in Football Kenya Federation’s (FKF) plans to change the venue of some of the matches Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup.
Some of these fans have now threatened to cheer on Kenya’s bitter rivals Uganda at the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup, or even boycott the tournament all together.
Their gripe stems from FKF president Nick Mwendwa’s suggestion that matches initially slated for Kisumu be moved elsewhere over safety issues.
As per the earlier schedule released by the Cecafa secretary general, Nicholas Musonye, and Cecafa’s Local organizing committee head Herbet Mwachiro, Kisumu was set to host matches involving Kenya, Libya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zanzibar.
But Mwendwa now says these fixtures have been provisionally switched to Mumias and Machakos.
This is what has clearly rubbed the fans the wrong way, with a majority venting their fury on social media.
So the FKF decided to move Cecafa matches from Kisumu to Machakos. Was is the motive ? Hiyo Cecafa mtawatch peke yenu sasa.
— Chikamai Satiah (@chikamai_satiah) November 24, 2017
— Rein (@Asamoh_) November 23, 2017
Alas…soooo no CECAFA matches will be hosted in Kisumu ama mimi ndo sielewi what NM is saying?
— Mercy Njueh (@senator_mercy) November 23, 2017
Dear @Nmwendwa what exactly makes Kisumu “unsafe” to host Cecafa? Like I cannot believe it! Make me understand.
— Collins Ogutu (@CollinSportika) November 24, 2017
@GovWOparanya, Kakamega and Kisumu are like siamese twins.When Kisumu is thriving,Kakamega soars higher.When Kisumu wails,Kakamega mourns.Kakamega leadership must stand with Kisumu and spurn the chance to host CECAFA.If Kisumu won’t host,then Kakamega won’t be any fit. (Copied)
— Kasembeli Collins (@Kasembeli_AFC) November 23, 2017
— Mghanga Mcharo (@lmghanga) November 23, 2017
Meanwhile, Group B matches, featuring defending champions Uganda, Burundi, Libya, South Sudan and Ethiopia, will be played at the renovated Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega County.