Kenya’s Ministry of Sports has ordered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to shut down Kenya’s embassy in Mali, following the humiliation of Harambee Stars by the Mali national team.
Kenya lost to Mali in the African Football Confederation qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 with an aggregate score of 6 – 0, a score that shows that Mali had set out to embarrass Kenya.
“This is unacceptable.” Said Football Kenya Federation Chairman Nick Mwendwa. “If they wanted a win, a 2 – 0 or 3 – 0 would have sufficed. Why would they insist on a 6 – 0 win? Was it a basketball match? Let’s shut down the embassy and they will know that we did not go to Morocco to play!”
The humbling defeat comes after Kenya tried all forms of tricks to win, although paying the players or facilitating their practice sessions was not one of them. “We changed coach, sent 32 staff members to accompany the team to Morocco, promised them bonuses instead of salaries… nothing worked. This shows that the problem is Mali and not Kenya.”
All the staff at the Kenyan embassy in Mali are expected to leave the country within 48 hours.
Kenya now hopes that Rwanda and Uganda will be gracious in the Spirit of the East African Community, but there is no guarantee that that will happen. In any case, Kenya will still not see Qatar even if they win the next two matches.