The Kenya national team Harambee Stars will be looking to get closer to qualification for the 2020 African Nations Championships (CHAN) when it takes on Tanzania in the return leg of the first round qualifier on Sunday 4 August and skipper Dennis Omino and his counterpart Kenneth Muguna have called on the 12th player to turn up.
The team made of locally based players managed a barren draw with Tanzania away in Dar es Salaam in the first leg and will be looking to tilt the tie in their favor at the Moi International Sports Center (MISC), Kasarani.
Backing from fans
While the belief is there that it can be done, the two midfielders believe it will be much easier with a vociferous backing from the fans, just like it were during the AFCON 2019 qualifiers as Kenya made a return to the topmost competition in Africa.
Reacting to the first leg clash in Dar, Omimo, who was also in the AFCON 2019 team, acknowledged that indeed there were errors, but assured that they will all be addressed ahead of the return clash.
“It was a tough game but thankfully, we managed to keep them in check, because in the first half especially, they were very aggressive. There were errors but the good thing is that we didn’t concede we will rectify and see how it goes.
“The fans have to come; their support really helped in the AFCON qualifiers and my appeal to them is that if they can find time and come support us it will be great,” he said.
His compatriot, Muguna, admitted they didn’t get all they wanted from the game, but termed the fact that they managed a clean sheet very positive, and he looks forward to a more positive outcome on Sunday.
“Our main aim was not to concede and also to get a win. Fortunately, we got a clean sheet and for the weekend game, it will all depend on our attitude going to the match. I believe if all of us work like we should, we will get a win.
“To the fans, we need support like always. We need to fill the stadium like it has been in the past few matches,” he noted.
The team checked in on Monday 29 July and went straight to camp to continue with preparations for the clash.