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Harambee Stars to Get Cash Prize After Emphatic Win Over Seychelles
- Harambee Stars cruised past Seychelles in a 5-0 win on Monday, November 20
- It was their first win in World Cup qualifiers, days after losing 2-1 to Gabon
- Sports CS Ababu Namwamba promised the team cash rewards for every win
Kenya’s superb performance against Seychelles in the World Cup qualifier on Monday, November 20 has earned the Harambee Stars players KSh 2.5 million.
Harambee Stars put up a five-star display against Seychelles as they thrashed their opponents 5-0 for their first qualifier win.
Michael Olunga scored a brace early on, as Masud Juma, Rooney Onyango and Benson Omala rounded off what was a perfect evening for Engin Firat’s side.
CS Ababu Namwamba’s incentive
This was Kenya's first time in two years participating in an international competitive football match after serving a two-year FIFA suspension.
Before embarking on the journey to West Africa, the Harambee Stars received their blessings from Cabinet Secretary for Youth Affairs, Creative Economy and Sports, Hon. Ababu Namwamba, who encouraged the team to give it their all in the gruelling journey to qualifying for the 2026 World Cup.
Ababu added that the Harambe Stars would earn KSh 2.5 million (approximately 16500 dollars) for every three points they picked up as an extra incentive.
“For every three points that you give me, you get 2.5 million. You win these two qualifiers and I have your 5 million shillings ready as you land back in the country,” the CS pledged, as reported by NTV.
When does Kenya play again in the qualifiers?
Kenya is in Group F alongside Ivory Coast, Gabon, Burundi, Gambia and Seychelles.
Their first win took them to third on the log, behind Ivory Coast and Gabon, who have perfect records, according to ESPN.
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Firat’s side will have ample time to prepare for their next game as they don’t play in the qualifiers until after the AFCON, when they face Gambia and the Ivory Coast in June 2024.
Harambee Stars lose to Gabon
Harambee Stars began their World Cup qualifying journey four days earlier with a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Gabon.
Sports Brief reported on how an injury-ravaged Kenyan side flew to Franceville to play their first competitive game in over two years following the lifting of the ban by FIFA earlier this year.
Engin Firat was forced to field a changed side from his usual starting XI with fitness issues, keeping the likes of Daniel Anyembe, Joseph Okumu and Eric 'Marcelo' Ouma from the side.