Why Harambee Stars now risk missing training camp in France
Harambee Stars are in danger of missing out on a training camp planned for France in May/June 2019 as part of the team’s preparations for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
This follows a delay by the government in guaranteeing the funds required by Stars coach Sébastien Migné and his charges to make the trip.
The three-week camp was mooted by Migné and approved by the Ministry of Sports with the coach emphasizing the need for his charges to enjoy uninterrupted training and compete in high profile friendly matches ahead of the biennial continental championship.
But yet again, the Ministry for Sports has – their commitment notwithstanding – has delayed in releasing the funds, leaving the team’s preparations in limbo.
“There is a high chance we will miss out on that camp because the funds are not available yet, despite several promises. We have not decided on what next but we hope to inform the public soon. I just hope the players will not be demoralized by the situation if it happens,” said an official who spoke off the record.
These funds are part of the Sh200 million approved funding for football activities in 2019, inclusive of the Sh50 million ‘bonus’ promised by Deputy President William Ruto to Harambee Stars players upon qualification to the Cup of Nations.
Kenya camped in England and Scotland ahead of its last appearance at this tournament in 2004.