South Sudan, Zanzibar squads still stranded in Nairobi
The national teams of South Sudan and Zanzibar are still stranded at Strand Hotel in Nairobi, with uncertainty hovering over their departure date, eight days after they were eliminated from the ongoing GOtv Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup.
“I have talked to (FKF Chair) Sam Nyamweya, but instead of giving us a solution, he referred me to other people who are still taking us round in circles. They did not help,” Zanzibar team manager, Hashim Salum said on Wednesday night.
As we exclusively reported Wednesday, the two teams have been forced to prolong their stay in the country owing to delay in payment of hotel bills and delivery of air tickets.
At around noon on Wednesday, the players from both teams were seen around around the hotel, located a stone’s throw away from the Nyayo National Stadium.
Salum was left cursing after he turned down an offer from the Zanzibar government, who were processing alternative arrangements for the team to travel back home.
“I turned down the government’s offer because I was assured (by FKF) that we will have the tickets this evening,” he said. Sources said the South Sudanese delegation is pursuing alternative means to return home and could leave the the country Thursday morning.
Usually, the host federation – in this case FKF – are mandated to pay for the return air tickets, accommodation and other needs of any visiting team according to Cecafa rules.
Efforts to reach FKF, Cecafa officials and the Liberty Group, a company contracted by the local football governing body to oversee logistical issues during the competition, were unsuccessful.