Gambia’s proposed friendly with Kenya cancelled

The friendly match between the Scorpions of Gambia and the Harambee Stars of Kenya scheduled to be played in Morocco later this month has been cancelled, Gambia Sports can confirm.

The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) revealed last week that it’ll host Gambia to a friendly in Marrakech on March 26, three days after the Scorpions’ test with the Central African Republic in Banjul.

However, it has been confirmed that Kenya rushed to publish news of the test game with Gambia yet to agree terms of the friendly with the match agent though the CEO of the FKF said the latter backed out due to lack of funds.

The General Secretary of FKF, Robert Muthomi, told Gambia Sports that the proposed friendly has now been cancelled and that they have arranged other opponents to play with instead of the Scorpions.

“No, we will not play Gambia,” Muthomi said when questioned on why the friendly won’t take place before adding: “Your guys (the Gambia Football Federation) have no money to fly to Marrakech. We got a replacement though.”

The General Secretary of the Gambia Football Federation, Lamin M Jassey, has meanwhile debunked Muthomi’s claims saying his comments were wide off the mark.

“The GFF never agreed with either the Kenyan FF or any agent,” he told Gambia Sports from the Moroccan city of Marrakech where he is attending the Confederation of African Football (CAF) women’s football symposium.

He added: “If they are claiming that we agreed a friendly game with them, then that is absolutely incorrect and the claim that we backed out for the friendly match because we have no money to fly to Marrakech, is not true.”

Gambia’s friendly with the Central African Republic, managed by former Scorpions gaffer, Raoul Savoy, will be played at the Independence Stadium in Bakau on Friday, March 23.