Migne focuses on fitness as Stars start AFCON preps

The Kenya national team, under the watch of head coach Sebastien Migne opened its preparations for the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) with a light session on Monday 20 May at the Moi International Sports Center (MISC) Kasarani.

A handful of players called up in the provisional squads for the tournament as well as the African Nations Champions (CHAN) qualifiers were available for training as Migne noted that the key focus for the session was the players’ fitness.

Door open

Masoud Juma, Zambia based Musa Mohamed and Portugal based Cliff Miheso were among the players present and while speaking after the session, the Frenchman further revealed the door may still be open for new faces to the team ahead of departure for camp in France.

“We need to build the fitness of the players but not to break them. It is key to get a good balance and I also have to say I am very pragmatic; if I see a good player I can always add to the list before we travel to France.

“Next week we will reduce the team to 26,” he said.

Fan support

Musa Mohamed, one of the senior players in the team and a key player in the qualification process, thanks fans for their support as he called on the same when the team heads to Egypt for the finals.

“I want to thank the fans for their part in the AFCON journey; they have been there for us throughout and I want to ask that they continue supporting the team as we go to the tournament,” he said.

French camp

The team will be at the French Rugby Federation, Marcoussis Cedex where they will hold a 19-day residential camp before flying out to Cairo Egypt, on June 19, 2019, in time for the continental showpiece.

Kenya will play her Group C AFCON matches at the 30 June Stadium in Cairo. The first match will see Stars face Algeria on June 23. Tanzania will be up next on June 27, before Harambee Stars wind up their group assignments with a match against Senegal on July 1, 2019.