Harambee Starlets to honor Uganda clash
According to the Football Kenya Federation Caretaker Committee, Harambee Starlets will surely fly to Uganda for their Africa Women Cup of Nations qualifier on February 17.
This follows speculation that a renegade official of the defunct Football Kenya Federation may have drafted a letter to the Confederation of African Football (Caf) removing Harambee Starlets from the qualifiers.
As the news spread late Friday, enraged Kenyan football fans flocked to social media to express their wrath.
Ali Amour, secretary of the FKF Caretaker Committee’s leagues and tournaments, said that they have now expressed issues with appropriate authorities and would give a thorough statement later in the day.
“At the moment, we can only take the claims as hearsay since we have yet to receive formal confirmation from Caf confirming Kenya’s withdrawal,” Amour stated.
“As far as we know, the match between Kenya and Uganda is still on, and the Harambee Starlets have already reported to camp for preparations,” Amour continued.
Amour said that they will also look into leads to determine who wrote the alleged letter, if it was written at all.
The Starlets will square off against Uganda’s Crested Cranes in the opening leg of the Africa Women Cup of Nations qualifiers on February 17, followed by the return match in Nairobi on February 23.
In a statement issued late Friday, Fufa said that they had received formal confirmation from Caf confirming Kenya’s withdrawal from the qualifications.
“We regret to tell you that we have just received mail from Kenya FA advising us of their withdrawal from Women Afcon-Morocco 2022,” read part of the message.
“As a result, matches 45 and 46, as well as the tasks of all appointed officials,” the statement said.
Kenya’s suspected departure might provide Uganda with a straight ticket to the 2022 edition of the continental showcase, which will be hosted in Morocco in August.
“Uganda has automatically qualified for the next stage of the tournament,” Caf said in a statement.