FKF Dismisses Claims Of Poor Planning Ahead Of Kenya-Nigeria Match

site geneva;”>“Various media reports over poor planning by FKF are inaccurate, visit this site false, visit malicious and in bad taste. We wish to reiterate that Kenya has won accolades from various visiting teams for its exemplary hosting arrangement and are amazed at these wild allegations against the Federation,” said Football Kenya Federation General Michael Esakwa

In a press release signed by the secretary General yesterday, the football governing body in Kenya said the chronology dates back to 27th of February when the body wrote to Nigerian High commission in Nairobi seeking entry visas for its team.

“On 27th February 2013 Football Kenya Federation wrote a letter to the Nigerian High Commission in Nairobi seeking entry visas for the Kenyan Delegation to Nigeria the

same was copied to the Nigerian Football Federation,”

FKF wrote another letter to the Nigeria Football Federation requesting information on the date, venue; kick off time, and other match modalities, the same was copied to FIFA/CAF. However, FKF regrets that the Nigeria Football Federation never responded to the letter but FIFA through an email on 4th March 2013 responded detailing the requests.


The Nigeria Football Federation is said to have contacted the Kenyan High commission in Nigeria through ‘Bolao Akins a coordinator for the trip from the Nigeria Football Federation made contact with our High Commission in Nigeria through it 1st Counselor Mr Anthony Masinde and requested the FKF to send to the Nigeria Football Federation the names of all members of the Kenyan delegation in order for Nigeria Football Federation secure air tickets for the Lagos /Calabar flight.’

FKF insists that Bolao Akins confirmed that the Kenyan team will be flown directly from Lagos to Calabar upon arrival and the team/delegation was booked at the Channel View hotel in Calabar.

“The Nigeria Football Federation also requested our association to send them a commitment letter, our request to bring a contingent of 35 persons on reciprocal basis on the understanding that we shall also host a similar Number during the return leg match,” said Michael Esakwa.

FKF claims they were shortchanged when they arrived in Nigeria after they learnt that there was no flight to Calabar.

“The team was then booked in a sub standard hotel, with no training, ground availed, no official guide thus in violation of all agreements as well as the FIFA hosting right obligations. Football Kenya Federation immediately filed a strong protest to FIFA and Nigeria Football Federation over the whole issue forcing FIFA to intervene,” said Michael Esakwa.

In the mean time Kenyans have taken the confrontation with their Nigerian counterparts on Twitter through #someonetellNigeria trend as a protest to the Nigerian conduct to the visiting Harambee stars.

Here are some of the tweets

Good morning!!! Ok baridi nayo bt am happy n proud to be kenyan glory to God. #someonetellnigeria oga means shower in kenya..Blessed day 🙂 @ladybee254 writes.

#SomeoneTellNigeria Only in their movies a woman puts poison in her husband’s food. And then taste it to know if its enough, without her dying. Writes @BigEyeUG

@falamjanja: #SomeoneTellNigeria that harambee stars isn’t our stronghold we have #Kenya7s weka rugby mpangoni!!

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