Mohamed Magdy’s first minute goal for Egypt denied Kenya players a clean KSh11 million ($ 100,000) in bonuses after both teams played to a one-all draw in the Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers on Thursday.
The result means that Kenya will not be in Cameroon for the 2021 Afcon even as they prepare to take on Togo in the final Group G match on Monday away in Lome
Harambee Stars could have pocketed Sh11 million had they won the match against Egypt.
Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko had promised the team KSh6 million if they had qualified for the Afcon finals and an additional KSh2 million for a win against Egypt. This was on top of KSh3.5 million that Stars were set to pocket from a local betting firm had they won against the Pharaohs.
“I have done it before and I will do it again. KSh2 million for Harambee Stars if they beat Egypt today and a further KSh6 million upon qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon next year,” Sonko said in a Facebook post.
Bandari’s Abdalla Hassan scored Kenya’s equalizer in the second half but that was not enough to help Stars stay in the qualifiers. Egypt leads the group with nine points, same as second-placed Comoros who have an inferior goal difference.
Kenya is set to travel to Lome, Togo, for the dead-rubber clash with the hosts who have also bid farewell to the qualifiers.
Kenya were reduced to 10 men after Johnstone Omurwa was given his marching ordesr in the 78th minute for elbowing an opponent.
In his place, Coach Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mule called up Clyde Senaji to the squad that is set to face Togo.