Harambee Stars Players Begged to Board Ethiopian Airlines Fight

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  • A section of Harambee Stars players staged a quiet protest on Thursday over their Ethiopian Airlines flight to Accra, Ghana.

    The team will play the Black Stars, Ghana's national football team, later today.

    Nation reports that officials had booked Ethiopian Airlines but the team wanted to use another airline.

    They had to be persuaded before they finally agreed.

    A source who spoke to the publication revealed that two senior players asked the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) to change their flight.

    Harambee Stars players during a training session

    However, this was not possible because it was late. Ethiopian Airlines was also the cheapest option available.

    Western Stima Chairman Laban Jobita, who is the Stars’ head of delegation for the Ghana trip, pointed a finger at the federation for the decision.

    He vowed to ensure that the same did not happen again, adding that the team only agreed for the sake of the country.

    While it's still not clear why the team had refused to board the flight at first, many believe that the incident had something to do with the recent Ethiopian Airlines crash near Addis Ababa on March 10.

    All the 157 people who were on board died when Nairobi-bound flight ET 302 plunged into a field in Bishoftu.

    The crash was the deadliest in the state carrier’s history since it began operating in 1946.

    The crash scene of Ethiopian Airline flight ET 302