The Burundi national football team was on Tuesday afternoon detained at the Milele hotel located in Nairobi’s’ South C over unpaid dues as they prepared to leave for Nakuru to honour Wednesday’s group B match against Tanzania’s’ Kilimanjaro Stars.
Trouble begun at around mid-day when the Swallows team was preparing to leave the hotel for Nakuru but the hotel management insisted that they could not depart the facility unless their dues were fully settled.
An irked Burundi head coach Lofty Mohamed threatened to resign in the wake of the development.
“The coach is very dejected; he does not want to talk. Everybody is taken a back and the whole team is disappointed. We’ve been left with no option but to just sit and watch as the scenario plays out”
Kenya Football Federation chairman Sam Nyamweya could not be reached for comment but his deputy Robert Asembo insisted that the situation arose from a misunderstanding but has since been sorted out, “They (hotel) thought that the team is checking out, but they were meant to return after the Nakuru game. We have sorted the issue
Trouble started at around 2.30pm when the team was preparing to leave the hotel for Nakuru where they are due to face Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro Stars on Wednesday in their last group match set for 2pm, when the hotel management stopped them from leaving before the bills are settled.
The hotel is claiming Sh3 million which also covers costs of other teams including Sudan, Eritrea and Uganda who are all putting up at the facility.