Ex-Kenya football chief slams national team, illegal player sales

Ex-Kenya football chief slams national team, illegal player sales

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Nairobi, Aug 13: A former head of Kenya's football organization on Tuesday said Monday's resignation of national team coach Sebastien Migne was unsurprising.

Sam Nyamweya, who headed the organization now known as Football Kenya Federation (FKF) said that Migne's departure was hardly unexpected, given the high turnover of Kenya coaches who have failed to deliver the desired results.

"We are all saddened that, for the umpteenth time, the national team has failed to make an impact in the Africa Cup of Nations, not to mention a botched attempt to qualify for the African Nations Championship (CHAN) for the second time in a row," Nyamweya told reporters in Nairobi.

"That tells you there are underlying issues afflicting football in the country which have yet to be addressed by the current regime," he added.

Nyamweya said the fact that Harambee Stars failed to proceed beyond the preliminary stage at the 2019 AFCON in Egypt, coupled with a humiliating defeat by minnows Tanzania in the CHAN qualifiers, paints a grim picture of the standard of the game in Kenya, especially with the country's government having invested heavily.

The former chief also accused officials of colluding with technical personnel to facilitate the illegal sales of players to foreign clubs without the knowledge or consent of the players' handlers. (UNI-Xinhua)