Nyamweya Arrested After Harambee Stars Flight Drama

  • Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Samuel Nyamweya, was on Tuesday arrested by flying squad officers at his home in Kilimani, Nairobi.

    The FKF boss was seized in the wake of a dramatic incident that left National Football team Harambee Stars stranded for hours as they waited to leave for a match in Cape Verde.

    Nyamwea appeared before the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) following the mix up which rocked National Football team on Monday.

    The players and officials who were supposed to fly to Cape Verde at 10.30am on Monday to play a World Cup qualifier match against the host, were stranded at Wilson Airport for more than eight hours due to disorganization.

    Some reports indicate that the federation received money which would cater for the team's allowances and travel expenses, only for a top official to allegedly go missing moments before the team departed.

    The players, angered by mismanagement of affairs, are said to have boycotted the flight after they were denied full payment of their pending allowances, accrued from prior games including last Friday's first leg against Cape Verde.

    After payment of the allowances, it emerged that a plane chartered for the team had not been paid for, with the owners claiming full payment before taking off. This caused public uproar with Kenyans on social media hitting out at the Government and FKF for letting down the team with others calling for immediate arrest of Nyamweya.

    After a standoff which lasted for more than eight hours, Sports Cabinet Secretary, Hassan Wario, is said to have intervened before the team departed at 8.30 in the evening.

    The players who arrived on Tuesday morning, are expected to take on the host nation at 10.30pm in a return leg.

    Despite the drama, lack of training sessions and fatigue from the journey, many have taken to Twitter to support the team which hopes to increase its chances of participating in the 2018 World Cup for the first time.