Kenya, Sudan match off in venue row

Sudan squad
Sudan squad

A friendly between Kenya and Sudan has been called off following a row over the venue and timing of the match.

The match, which was originally to be played in Sudan's capital, Khartoum, was later switched to El Fasher in the volatile region of Darfur.

The game had been pushed back a day to Thursday after the late arrival of the Kenya squad on Tuesday night.

But Football Kenya Federation (FKF) officials said they were not aware of the change of venue and could not risk the safety of the players.

Instead of travelling to play in the conflict-hit Darfur region, FKF officials have ordered the team to return home.

"FKF will not allow our players to be subjected to situations where their security will be at risk.

"We have a responsibility... hence our decision to instruct the team to return home without kicking a ball in Sudan," FKF chairman Sam Nyamweya said in a statement.

Kenya beat Sudan 2-0 in the final of the Cecafa Senior Challenge in Nairobi last December.

Kenya had called up four foreign-based players for the match, including Inter Milan midfielder McDonald Mariga and skipper Victor Wanyama from English Premier League side Southampton.

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