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Swallows arrive in Nairobi

The Burundi national football team, known as the Swallows, have arrived in Kenya.

The Burundians are in the country to play the Harambee Stars in a return leg CHAN qualifier, set for Sunday 6 at Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi.

They arrived in the country on the evening of Wednesday to a warm welcome from Football Kenya Federation officials, led by newly appointed CEO Michael Esakwa. The side will put up at the Marble Arch Hotel in Nairobi’s central business district during their stay.

“Burundi arrived well and we are happy to say are content with their stay so far,” said Esakwa.

“They have been put up in a nice facility and have also been allocated a training ground. They hosted us pretty well while there and we are hoping to do the same for them. “We hope there will be no hitch throughout.”

Esakwa added that the Burundians have no issue with the original match date changing from Saturday to Sunday.

“We communicated to them the change of date and they did not have any problem,” he said.

“As long as the reasons were valid and within time, it was okay. “I think that either way, they will also benefit from the extra day as they can acclimatise even more. “So far, so good,” Esakwa concluded.

The winner of the upcoming tie will join the CHAN qualification rounds proper. Kenya lost the first leg 1-0 in Bujumbura.


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