Harambee Stars captain explains how the team remained motivated amid challenges in Egypt

Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama in action during Egypt vs Kenya in an Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier in Alexandria

Men’s national soccer team Harambee Stars’ captain, Victor Wanyama, has intimated how the team was able to stay motivated in spite of the wrangles between FKF and the Sports Ministry.

Addressing journalists on Saturday at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), Wanyama said the desire to be in the next edition of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) is what motivated the team.

“The motivation behind this was our first AFCON. Everyone was at the first AFCON and everyone wants to go back there and compete again so that was the motivation and so we were just focused on the game and try and get better results,” he said.

When the team departed for Egypt last week, it was in the context of a tug of war between Federation of Kenyan Football (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa and Sports Ministry officials.

It would later emerge that the accommodation bill for the players had not been settled beforehand, which exposed them to the prospect of being disgracefully ejected from the hotel they were staying in.

The national side takes on the Sparrowhawks of Togo Monday evening, a match which will be played under the floodlights.

Kenyans have been urged to come out in their numbers to rally behind the players who are bubbling with confidence after holding the Pharaohs of Egypt in Alexandria.

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