CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup: William Ruto awards Harambee Stars

Kenyan national football team Harambee Stars continues to receive goodies following the superlative performance to clinch the 7th CECAFA Senior Challenge title on Sunday.

On Tuesday morning it was the chance for Deputy President William Ruto who supported and congratulated the team by giving them kshs 5 million cash and promised to support the team’s quest to qualify for the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations set for Cameroon in 2019.


The football team is still in celebratory mode, in the wake of that thrilling post match 3-2 penalty victory at the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup over the weekend against Zanzibar Heroes of Zanzibar at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

The two nations drew 1-1 after 90 minutes and two-all after extra time before resorting into penalities that hosts won, watched by Ruto.

He further promised Sh10 million from President Uhuru Kenyatta which Sports PS Kirimi Kaberia confirmed will be delivered by Friday this week.

The team was also promised a bus, which an excited Ruto said should be delivered in two weeks.

“You guys made us so proud across the country on Sunday. All communities across the political divide were celebrating. I am so proud of you,” said Ruto.

“You can help us build more bond us the people of Kenya.”

Kenya last qualified for the Africa Nations Cup in 2004, when the tournament was hosted by Tunisia. Since then, Stars have competed in seven editions of the qualifying matches but the team has either fallen short or dramatically failed to make the cut.

“We are determined to make the Nations Cup, the government is committed to supporting us and I am sure the excitement will trickle into our performances,” Said Stars goalkeeper Patrick Matasi.

Kenya are fighting alongside Ghana, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone for two slots available to compete at the 2019 Africa Nations Cup in Cameroon.

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