Government Announces Free Entry as Kenya Plays Ethiopia in Kasarani
The government, through the Ministry of Sports on Thursday, announced free entry to Kasarani for the crucial Harambee Stars return leg clash against Ethiopia on Sunday 14, October 2018.
The declaration by Sports, Youth Culture and Heritage CS Rashid Echesa came hours after the national team's draw against Ethiopia.
Harambee Stars is keen to end the 14-year hiatus from the continent’s biggest football tournament having last participated in 2004.
On Wednesday, Stars were held by hosts Ethiopia to a barren draw in the AFCON match in which Ethiopians packed to the brim the 60,000-capacity Bahir Dar Stadium.
CS Echesa, in his statement, stated that given the outcome meant Kenya topped the group with four points, the stadium shall be open to all Kenyans to support the team.
"I wish to announce that entry into the stadium at Kasarani will be free of charge to allow Kenyans cheer their team to victory.
"A win for Harambee Stars in this match will take the team to the brink of Kenya qualifying for AFCON 2019 in Cameroon," stated CS Echesa.
He observed that Government had resolved to keep supporting the team with the view of ensuring they qualify to the 2019 competition given the had defeated Ghana and registered the first-round draw against Ethiopia.
A win against the Walya Antelopes in Sunday’s return leg at Kasarani will secure a ticket for Kenya in the next year’s AFCON in Cameroon with a game to spare.
Harambee Stars last played Ethiopia in Adis Ababa during the 2015 CHAN qualifiers where Kenya lost 2-0.
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