East African Countries Dont Want Us – Somalia FA-

The Somalia Football Federation (SFF) has come out to attack Kenya FA (FKF) for allegedly Colluding with their Rwandese counterparts Ferwafa to sabotage their return leg of the African Youth Championships qualifier that was initially scheduled to be held in Nairobi.

On Monday the FKF secretary general, this erectile Michael Esakwa, wrote to Ferwafa ruling out a possibility of hosting the match citing security measures that SFF had failed to comply with.

The Somalia FA through one of their Executive Committee member, Mr. Amir Hassan, rubbished the claims concluding that their colleagues from Kenya had just connived with the FERWAFA in an attempt to earn Rwanda a walkover.

“The FKF colluded with FERWAFA to try and get Rwanda given a walkover and it is very wrong in the spirit of fair play. Saying the government refused is very wrong and a poor excuse. The Kenyan government has always been supportive and we really appreciate that.” Mr. Amir Hassan told a Kenyan media house, Futaa.

Mr. Hassan further lamented to the media house that the whole issue may affect their relationship with the Kenya FA,

”What the FKF did has denied Kenya a lot of revenue, just to favor Rwanda in a very unsporting move and this will really affect the relations we have had with the FKF.”

The saga comes barely a week after the Uganda premier league released an adjustment in the local league fixture to allow Uganda U23 ‘to prepare for a trip to Rwanda’. Uganda is scheduled to play the aggregate winner between the two sides.

FUFA released a programme (also on official website) for the Uganda U23 during weekly presser on Wednesday 6th May clearly stating that they will play Rwanda U23 on Saturday 23rd May and Saturday 30th May.


This whole issue has not gone down well with one of the Somalia national team officials who feel that the East African countries could be undermining Somalia or are rather deliberately planning to fail the war ravaged country in regional sports.

“It’s very un professional because our match with Rwanda is not yet over. Teams overturn even a 5-0 margin. If they don’t want us to play with them, they should tell us.” The official told Chimpreports on condition of anonymity.


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