Victory Wanyama to be paid travel expenses as Kenyan football authorities avoid boycott

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BY DARREN JOHNSTONE @CCP_Sport

Kenya captain Victor Wanyama has been told he will be given money to cover his travel expenses following reports that Bobby Williamson’s side would boycott a crucial World Cup qualifier.

Ahead of Friday’s African World Cup qualifying first leg win over the Cape Verde Islands, former Celtic midfielder Wanyama revealed his dismay that he had to pay his own air fair to get to Nairobi.

Southampton player Wanyama said: “The Federation is yet to refund us money we used to pay for our air tickets. We have always had a problem with preparations and nothing is different this time.”

(Pic: LG)
Kenya are trying to reach World Cup qualifying group stage (Pic: LG)

 

Despite picking up a 1-0 victory, reports emerged that the Harambee Stars were considering not honouring Tuesday’s return leg in Praia.

But the Football Kenya Federation released a statement confirming that all foreign-baed players would be paid their expenses in full.

And following Friday’s horrific attacks in Paris, the Kenyan authorities have also decided to charter a plane for the journey to avoid having to catch a connecting flight in the French capital.

The statement read: “FKF wishes to reaffirm that players allowances and outstanding air ticket refunds will be cleared before the team’s departure on Monday morning.

“The decision to charter a plane is informed by the route challenges posed by the destination, which would otherwise keep the team in transit for a long distance covering more than 24 hours through Europe.

“The events that happened on Friday night in Paris, where coordinated terror attacks led to the death of more than 100 people, means the routing through Paris could not guarantee the safety of the team.”

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