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Harambee stars back home after Sudan friendly called off

Nairobi, Kenya - The Kenya senior national men's football team, Harambee Stars, flew back to Nairobi on Thursday from Khartoum following the cancellation of their international friendly against Sudan.

Stars flew to Sudan for their FIFA-Day tie at the invitation of the Sudan Football Association (SFA).

The match was to be played on Wednesday night in Khartoum, but upon landing in Khartoum they were informed that both the match-day and venue had changed,

SFA moved the tie to Thursday afternoon in El Fasher, North Darfur, to the chagrin of the Kenyans who protested the abrupt change of venue and date.

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Sam Nyamweya is threatening to report the Sudan Football Association to the world football governing body, FIFA.

'We wish to clarify that Football Kenya Federation (FKF) had an invitation to play Sudan Falcons in Khartoum, Sudan, on 5 March, 2014, which was designated as a FIFA match-day,' a statement from Nyamweya said.

'We only accepted that Harambee Stars play the match as per the terms stated on the invitation letter',' he said.

'The letter did not suggest anything to the contrary as regards the match venue being elsewhere other than Khartoum. Neither was there any insinuation of possible change of venue or match date before our team left Nairobi', he said.

'The situation of our players being asked to travel to another destination for the match was an innuendo that FKF takes great exception of,' he said.

The head of delegation had no option but to maintain that no further travelling will be accepted because that was contrary to the terms to which we committed ourselves to before the match.

The Kenyan team was not prepared to go Darfur because of insecurity, which has seen rebels clash with a militia going by the name Janjaweed.

'FKF will not allow our players to be subjected to situations where their security will be at risk, we have a responsibility and owe it to Kenyans for the safety of the team,' said Nyamweya.

The decision to instruct the team to return home without kicking the ball is self-explanatory, said Nyamweya.

Any change of date or venue for the game was negative to Kenyan teams that are supposed to have their players back for the return legs of the Confederation of African Football assignments.

It would have also affected Europe-based professionals who must also return in time for their respective clubs' assignment over the weekend.

Pana 07/08/2014