Magufuli: Kenya calls off football friendlies with Tanzania
Kenya’s football federation has cancelled a friendly match against Tanzania that was scheduled to be played on Thursday in the capital, Nairobi.
Coach Jacob Mulee, in a morning radio show, said the match was called off following the death of Tanzania’s President John Magufuli.
He did not indicate if it had been postponed to a later day.
The friendly match was part of Kenya’s preparation for Africa Cup of Nations qualification matches against Egypt and Togo scheduled for later this month.
In the same vein, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyetta has expressed profound sorrow over Magufuli’s death.
He has conveyed his condolences to widow Janet Magufuli, the government and people of Tanzania.
President Kenyatta said Mr Magufuli was a champion of pan-Africanism.
“I have lost a friend, colleague and visionary ally,” he said.
Kenyatta, who is the current chairman of the East African Community, has declared a seven-day period of national mourning in Kenya.
He said the flag of East African Community and Kenya’s flag will be flown at half-mast throughout Kenya and all its diplomatic missions abroad until sunset on the day of Magufuli’s funeral.