As the Kenya national team, Harambee Stars marks a return to continental football, the side has been slotted in Group C of the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) which has African giants Algeria and Senegal but midfielder Francis Kahata is confident they will maneuver their way through.
Harambee Stars is considered one of the underdogs at the competition but after a fine qualification journey, Kahata says the team spirit has been built and banks on the new found belief in the team as well as individual ambitions, to spur the side.
Like every other player, he hopes to see the team advance to the next stage. The Gor Mahia man is also looking forward also to the exposure the premier competition in Africa comes with.
“It has been a long journey for us; we have shown great team work and dedication. We thank God for the far we have come and for the effort every Kenyan has put in towards this. It is a long time since Kenya qualified for AFCON and for the young players it is a great step because it will give us good exposure.
“We have played big teams in the qualifiers and in the group we are at AFCON we will also be facing big teams. We will give the same effort and I can promise we will spring up some surprises,” he said.
The other team in the group is Tanzania.
Kenya will be going for camp in France and have two friendly matches lined up before heading to Egypt for the competition.