Kenya Nyamweya castigates FKF for shifting Kenya’s World Cup matches to Malawi

Former Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Sam Nyamweya Harambee Stars will face several implications following the decision to move their 2026 World Cup qualifying matches against Burundi and Ivory Coast to Malawi.

With Kasarani Sports Complex and Nyayo Stadium already closed for renovation works, FKF confirmed on Tuesday that Kenya’s two home matches against the Swallows and the Elephants, who are the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) champions, will be played at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe.

However, according to Nyamweya, the decision could affect the outcome of the results in favour of Harambee Stars because they will miss the chance to play on their turf. “Moving home matches to another country will have severe implications, both on the team’s performance and the perception of the federation itself. Hosting home matches in Malawi has several implications. Firstly, it affects the morale and support of the home team as they lose the advantage of playing in front of our fans on familiar turf,” said Nyamweya as quoted by Flashscore News.

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“This could impact their performance on the field. Secondly, it reflects poorly on the federation’s ability to manage local affairs and provide a conducive environment for football development. It will also lead to a loss of credibility and trust among fans and stakeholders.”

Nyamweya further faulted FKF for not doing enough to have the two matches played in Nairobi by saying: “Why was the federation for all this time misadvising government to close all the national pitches Nyayo and Kasarani for renovations?” Nyamweya posed a question.

“This move to host home matches in Malawi is seen as a blow to national pride and a source of embarrassment for Kenyan football. Fans expect the national team to represent them with honor and integrity, which includes playing home matches on home soil.

“The decision may lead to public backlash and further erode confidence in the federation’s leadership. The leadership has shown that their continued stay in office is going to kill football in the country.”


Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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