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Kenya squad stranded in Angola hotel since Tuesday

By M.J. Somoni

Jun 2, 2011 4:37:00 AM

Kenya Captain Dennis Oliech leads Harambee Stars to the field

Kenya Captain Dennis Oliech leads Harambee Stars to the field

When the Kenya national team left for Angola on Tuesday morning, it had thought that the earlier departure would allow the team time to acclimatise with the weather conditions and playing grounds, as the players prepare ahead of the crucial clash with Angola’s Palancas Negras on Sunday.

But by Wednesday evening, the team had not left its hotel or found a space to train since arriving the day before. Furthermore, the team was booked in a sub-standard hotel and has not been informed of the time and place where the match will take place.

The Stars players told The Standard from Angola that their preparations have been affected after the hosts abandoned them once they arrived.

Striker Allan Wanga said he had told the traveling squad to expect a hostile reception from thee  ne hosts.

"I had warned the team to expect such treatment. We are not even sure when or where the match will be played. We hear it may be 45km away from the capital," Wanga said.

Team captain Dennis Oliech said the person who dropped his side in its hotel had disappeared and  Kenya could not get him for any further assistance.

"We are just sitting in the hotel looking at each other. We have not trained and we do not know when that will happen. Apparently our hosts were expecting us on Friday.

"The team officials have tried to get hold of the person who dropped us at the hotel, but they cannot. He has turned off his phone hence cannot be reached, but we are hoping for the best," he said.

Oliech also claimed the team has been put up in a sub-standard hotel in Luanda.

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