Kenya leave for Cape Verde af­ter pay dis­pute deal

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NAIROBI: Kenya fi­nally left Nairobi yes­ter­day for their 2018 World Cup qual­i­fier in Cape Verde af­ter set­tling a pay dis­pute with the na­tional foot­ball fed­er­a­tion.

The Haram­bee Stars were sched­uled to leave on Satur­day and will now ar­rive only 24 hours be­fore Tues­day’s sec­ond round re­turn leg tie. The play­ers had boy­cotted train­ing fol­low­ing the Foot­ball Kenya Fed­er­a­tion’s (FKF) fail­ure to pay their out­stand­ing al­lowances and re­fund ex­penses for the over­seas-based play­ers.

A spe­cial flight car­ry­ing the team left the Kenyan cap­i­tal Mon­day af­ter­noon for the eight-hour trip to the cap­i­tal of Cape Verde, Praia. “It is good that we shall ar­rive late in Cape Verde. The play­ers will not af­fected by the weather changes be­fore the match,” team man­ager Wil­lis Wali­aula told AFP.

Kenya coach Bobby Wil­liamson has made two changes to the team which beat Cape Verde 1-0 in the first leg in the Kenyan cap­i­tal last Fri­day.

He has brought in Zam­bia-based striker David Keli and de­fender Brian Man­dela of the South African premier league side Mar­itzburg United to re­place Al­lan Wanga, who is un­avail­able and sus­pended Teddy Okumu. Kenya need a draw in Praia to reach the World Cup group qual­i­fy­ing phase. — AFP

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