Following this, Sports Cabinet Minister Amina Mohamed has approved a passionate appeal to stay away from the 7 p.m. match, which Harambee Stars must win to keep their skinny dreams of qualifying for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations finals intact.
“I have information that some politicians are planning to go to Kasarani to watch the match. I’m appealing to them, for the sake of our country, to stay away,” Amina informed Nation Sport, On Thursday.
“The match will be televised live (on KBC) and I’m therefore asking them to watch the game live on TV and stay away from the stadium.
CS said “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,” .
“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,” she continued.
After dignitaries led by Deputy President William Ruto and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga viewed the playing arena at Kasarani after Harambee Stars’ last home match against Comoros ended in a 1-1 draw last year, Football Kenya Federation was fined Sh1 million.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Confederation of African Football (Caf) issued strict protocols prohibiting fans from attending all qualification matches in order to prevent the virus from spreading.
According to Caf, the leaders defied stewards to gain access to the players, with Ruto donating Sh1 million to the team.
“The dignitaries had heavy security attached to them. They barged through the stewards arranged by Caf security officer,”Caf’s decision at the time says.
“According to CAF Disciplinary Code (Art. 8.2) the host association or club is responsible for order and security both inside and around the stadium before, during and after the match. It is liable for incidents of any kind, and can be rendered subject to disciplinary measures.”
The “Pharaohs,” Egypt’s national team, showed up in Nairobi on Tuesday night and trained under floodlights on Wednesday.
Kenyans are eager to see Egypt’s galaxy of stars, which includes English Premier League legends such as Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah, Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny, and Aston Villa forward Mahmoud Ahmed “Trezeguet,” who could lead the “Pharaohs” tonight.
Of course, there’s free-scoring striker Michael Olunga from Qatar, who was named the J-Most League’s Valuable Player last season.
With two matches remaining, Kenya’s Harambee Stars must beat Egypt tonight and hope for a houdini-style entry into the continental finals in Cameroon next January and February. They are currently in third place with three points from three draws, trailing Egypt and Comoros (eight points each).
In the other Group ‘G’ qualifier, Comoros takes on bottom-placed Togo at 4 p.m. EAT.