tournament is scheduled to commence on Oct. 23 and end on Nov.
6. Kenya has selected a team comprising 15 players and five
officials for the event.
The team presented
an initial budget of 230,000 U.S. dollars to the government to
cater for all expenses that included air tickets, purchase of
uniform, allowances, and insurance cover, but the amount was
reduced to 130,000 dollars before being sliced further down to
“We have only one
week and yet there’s no word from the ministry officials. They
treated us the same in 2014 by making available the tickets to
Mexico at the last minute. What do we do?” Peter Oloo, Secretary
General of the Kenya National Amputee Football Federation (KAFF),
said at the sports ministry where the team spent the better of
Oloo said it was
unfair to ignore the team’s travel plans considering that most
of the players who have been training in preparation for the
competition were doing so under dire constraints especially
those who traveled from outside Nairobi.
“I want to believe
that we are not being treated this way because ours is a team of
people with disabilities. However, I am sure if it were a ream
of able-bodied people, they would have been handled
differently,” Oloo said.
He said the team has
great potential, considering that three players; Nicholas Keiyo,
Mohamed Munga and Dalmas Otieno who play professional amputee
football in Turkey traveled to Kenya using their own resources.
A ministry official
told Xinhua that the federation ambushed them without no prior
notice but promised to that they will come up with a solution in
the next few days.