The Kenya Football Federation (KFF) says it needs US$120,000 to prepare the Harambee Stars for the 2014 World Cup qualifier on June 5 against African champions Nigeria.
KFF president Sam Nyamweya told said that they are struggling financially and are calling upon all stakeholders for help.
Nyamweya said according to their breakdown, they need US$2,400,000 for their World Cup dream to become a reality. “Most of this money will go in preparing the team and also having top friendly games,” Nyamweya explained.
The KFF President said they are optimistic many private companies will come in to help because this campaign means a lot to Kenya.
“We are sending the team to the 2013 COSAFA tournament in Zambia, hosting Ghana in a friendly game on June 1 and also hosting the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup later this year and all this needs money,” Nyamweya said.
The money is also expected to cover travel and camping logistics, including allowances for players and officials plus accommodation for visiting teams.
Kenya are currently bottom of Group F in the World Cup qualifier on two points behind third placed Namibia on three points while Malawi and Nigeria are tied on five points in second and first respectively.
But victory against Nigeria next month could place them back in contention for a place in the next round of the qualifiers.
Kenya’s new Coach Adel Amrouche, who guided the team to a 1-all draw away to Nigeria on March 23 in Calabar, has already said he will not put his players under pressure in the return leg but will give them the opportunity to express themselves.