GFF refutes Kenya friendly match claims

The Gambia Football Federation (GFF) has denied reports that the Scorpions will be facing the Harambee Stars of Kenya in a friendly match next month in France.

The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) at the weekend announced securing two friendly matches for the Harambee Stars who are preparing their return to the Africa Cup of Nations with one of those opponents including Gambia.

FKF supremo Nick Mwendwa confirmed that Kenya will play against another AFCON-bound team in Madagascar on June 7 and will take on the Gambia on June 15 before adding that: “Gambia is a better opponent as they drew against Algeria in the qualifiers and they will also be camping in The Netherlands.”

But as did in March 2018, the GFF has refuted those claims saying it is yet to confirm any match with the East African nation scheduled for June 15 in Paris.

“The Gambia Football Federation (GFF) wishes to clarify that contrary to the announcement made by the Kenyan Football Federation (KFF), there is nothing confirmed yet with regards to the proposed international football friendly between the senior national team of The Gambia and their Kenyan counterparts,” it said in a statement.

“It is true that the GFF is currently negotiating, with a FIFA match agent, to play a friendly match(es) in France next month, however, nothing is being confirmed yet. There are other options that we are currently studying so it isn’t only Kenya.”

The GFF meanwhile fell short in revealing its reasons in arranging test matches for the Scorpions but Gambia Sports can confirm that it is still hopeful of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruling in its favour over the ineligibility of Togo international James Adewale Olufade.

Gambia Sports can also confirm the Federation has reached out to a number of players regarding two friendly matches it plans to play between June 3-16 with plans already underway to send official invitations next Monday to players who confirm their availability.