Thursday, June 4, 2009
Kenya's coach Antoine Hey boycotted the team's trip to Abuja, Nigeria for Sunday's World Cup qualifying match against the Super Eagles, a day after Kenya's players protested over non-payment of their allowances.
Hey arrived at the airport 30 minutes after the plane had taken off, saying he'd been held up in the traffic. But later, Hey revealed that he deliberately boycotted traveling with the team after Football Kenya Limited failed to pay him his salary.
The team's physical trainer, Kamal Harat also joined the head coach in the boycott over non-payment of their salaries. The assistant coach Swaleh Muhiddin had left for Nigeria earlier in the week, and will now possibly handle the team in the absence of Hey, who was appointed in February this year.
His short tenure has been surrounded by quarrels with Kenya's premier league clubs, which have almost derailed the national team’s preparations for the 2010 World Cup qualifiers.
Since he was appointed, Harambee Stars have only played one international match - against Tunisia in March - which they lost 2-1.
The Hey snub comes a day after Kenya's players boycotted training on Tuesday, demanding to be paid their allowances after being in the camp for three weeks.
But yesterday the government, through the Minister of Youth and Sports Hellen Sambili, settled their allowance claims by presenting 2.7 million Kenya shillings ($34,730) to Harambee Stars captain Musa Otieno.
MY POV: Strange times for Kenya football. But isn't that always the case?
So will he show up? If he does, how will Kenya do against a motivated Nigerian side?
If he doesn't, who coaches the side? And how will the team be affected by not having their trainer there?