Free entry for Kenya vs Ethiopia clash, Echesa announces
The Government through the Sports Ministry on Thursday announced that entry to Sunday’s Kenya v Ethiopia 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier will be free as a move to ensure maximum support for the team as they eye a slot into next year’s Cup of Nations.
Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa in a statement said this was the government’s way of ensuring the team gets the necessary push to give a shot at the slot for the first time in 14 years.
“Our National Soccer Team Harambee Stars has continued to perform well in the AFCON matches where Kenya has beaten Ghana and drawn with Ethiopia. In this respect, the Government has stepped up support for the team to ensure Kenya qualifies for the AFCON 2019 to be held in Cameroon,” the statement read.
“As patriotic Kenyans, it is our duty to support the team unreservedly; Subsequently I wish to announce that entry to the Stadium at Kasarani will be free of charge to allow Kenyans cheer their team to victory. I wish out Team Harambee Stars all the best as they prepare to take on the Ethiopians,” Echesa further stated.
Football Kenya Federation had initially set gate charges for the 4pm kick off as Sh200 for the terraces and Sh1000 for the VIP pavilion and tickets were already printed.
The Federation is however yet to make a response to the same as they stand to miss out on a minimum of Sh3-5mn in gate collection coming at a time when they are struggling to make ends meet with minimum government support.
The coach Sebastien Migne had given the federation a 10-day ultimatum expiring on Monday to pay his three months salary and it is not yet clear whether or not the ministry has availed funds.