Sports CS Amina Mohammed on Thursday, March 25, warned Kenyans, particularly the political class, against going to the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, ahead of the game between Harambee Stars and the Egyptian National Team.
Amina asked Kenyans to watch the game from the comfort of their homes in order to curb the spread of Covid-19.
"Kenyans are encouraged to cheer and support our National Team from the comfort of their homes. We must all continue to do our part to contain the spread of the coronavirus," reads an excerpt of the statement.Harambee Stars coach Francis Kimanzi gives instructions during a training session at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on October 12, 2019.
Amina indicated that she had gotten word that there were some politicians that had planned to watch the game from the stadium.
"Politicians usually attract large crowds and for the sake of our national team, and also in respect for the Covid-19 protocols in place, they should stay away," she stated.
Her statement coincided with Deputy President William Ruto's announcement that he was headed to Kasarani for the highly anticipated match.
The CS added that the game, which kicks off today, Thursday, March 25 at 7 pm, would be televised live on the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC).
"We are honoured to have met all conditions to host Egypt and we need to behave responsibly and avoid breaking the law because of irresponsible behaviour," Amina told Nation.
If Harambee Stars wins Against Egypt, they will pocket Ksh3.5 million, according to the Football Kenya Federation (FKF).
"Ksh2.5 million will come from our partners Odibets while FKF will top up the remaining Ksh1 million. The highest we have ever given out as a motivation bonus is Ksh2 million and we have now raised the amount," FKF president Nick Mwendwa.
The team that will win will proceed to Cameroon in 2022 for the finals.
In their previous 20 meetings since October 1972 ,the Egyptians appear to be the stronger side with a record of 14 wins 5 draws Harambee stars have only won once in their last 20 matches against the Pharaohs.Sports CS Amina Mohammed during the commissioning of the Kirigiti Stadium in Kiambu CountyFile
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