Harambee Stars return home from Egypt

National soccer team Harambee Stars returned home Thursday morning from Egypt where they were eliminated from the Africa Cup of Nations at the group stage.

Harambee Stars lost to Algeria and Senegal and defeated Tanzania but the three points were not enough to push them into the last 16 round after finishing 5th among the third placed sides.

The Stars now shift focus to the Africa Nations championship, CHAN, qualifiers. Kenya are scheduled to play Tanzania in the first round of the 2020 CHAN qualifiers on the 27th of this month in Dar es Salaam before hosing the return leg tie a week later in Nairobi.

Head coach Sebastien Migne had already picked a squad of local based players for the tie qualifiers before travelling to Cairo and he is expected to get back to work with them next week.


Meanwhile, Uganda Cranes players returned to training on Wednesday night after a long closed door meeting with officials from the Uganda Football Federation (FUFA) over a debacle on allowances and match winning bonuses.

The players refused to train on Tuesday demanding better payment from FUFA after qualifying to the second round of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) for the first time since 1978

In a terse statement released by FUFA Wednesday morning, the bosses claimed that the players wanted to renegotiate a contract that was already existing and hence the stand-off.

But, a meeting on Wednesday night at their Raddison Blue residence, consensus was reached, with the players heading to training at their Arab Contractors Complex base a few minutes after 10pm.

“Considering the magnitude and importance of the event of Uganda Cranes match against the Teranga Lions of Senegal, the interests of the nation, government, the sponsors and the gallant fans, FUFA has agreed to pay 6,000 USD (Sh600,000) to each player over and above the agreed terms in the Code of Conduct,” the statement said.




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