The Kenya National team Harambee Stars will leave the country on Saturday 27 July for the first of the team’s 2020 African Nations Championships (CHAN) qualifiers, against Tanzania a day later at the Dar National Stadium starting 4 pm EAT.
Having returned to the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 2019, ending a 16 – year wait, Harambee Stars will be seeking to qualify for CHAN for the first time ever and Tanzania presents just the first hurdle.
Kenya will be meeting Tanzania for the second time in a span of one month after defeating Taifa Stars 3-2 in the 2019 AFCON, the two nations having been placed in Group C of the tournament in Egypt and heading to the game, Stars players are upbeat about the chance.
Speaking ahead of the game, defender Yusuf Mainge stated their readiness to take on their east African neighbors.
“The team is motivated; the players are the ones to bring the results and thus we will be sending ourselves out there aiming for a win.
“What I can promise and tell our fans is that we’ll try and qualify for the next stage.” he said
Defender Philemon Otieno who was with Stars at AFCON also weighed in on the team’s preparation; “The game won’t be easy since Tanzania also has a good team but as we head there, we will definitely give a good fight and come out with positive results because I believe we are also strong.”
The return leg is set to be played at the Moi International Sports Center, Kasarani on Sunday 4 August with the aggregate winner booking a slot to face off with Sudan in the final qualifying round.