By OKELLO ALLAN
NAIROBI-SHIFTMEDIA– No spectators will be allowed to watch the much-anticipated encounter between home boys Harambe Stars and pharaohs from Egypt.
The match is ongoing at the Kasarani sporks Complex in Nairobi Kenya.
The move to bar spectators is a move by authorities to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus. Kenya registered over 1, 500 new cases of Covid 19 on Wednesday sending shock waves regarding the pandemic.
Sports CS Amina Mohamed said in a statement on Thursday morning that there will be tight security during the tie.
Harambee Stars will face the Egyptian national team the Pharaohs in the Group ‘G’ Afcon qualifier at Moi Stadium, Kasarani on Thursday.
Kenya’s team led by Michael Olunga Ogada who plays as a forward for the Qatar club Al-Duhail will face the likes of Liverpool’s striker Mohamed Salah and Arsenal’s midfielder Mohamed Elneny.
The CS reminded Kenyans that the Resumption of Sports Guidelines and the Ministry of Health Safety protocols states that only the players, official team handlers, assigned security, and match officials shall be allowed into the stadium.
Kenyans have been asked to support and cheer for their team from the comfort of their homes.
“We must all continue to do our part to contain the spread of coronavirus,” the CS said.
Amina has also wished the country’s team an enjoyable match. Harambee Stars are currently sitting in fourth place in Group G with three points, while Egypt is leading the group with 8 points, followed by Comoros with the same points as Togo tails with one point.
Uganda remains in a tight and tricky position with 8 points behind table leader Burkina Faso who held them to a nil-nil draw in the game played at St Mary’s Stadium Kitende on Wednesday. Uganda Cranes that play Malawi away in Lilongwe need to win the match if they are to play in the AFCON 2022 in Cameroon.
Malawi beat South Sudan in Juba taking them 7 points, just a point behind Uganda Cranes.
South Sudan trails in the group with three points, which they managed to get after beating Uganda a few weeks ago.