The Kenya national team, Harambee Stars has reported to camp ahead of the friendly match against Cranes, the Uganda national team, slated for Sunday 8 September at the Moi International Sports Center (MISC), Kasarani from 4pm EAT.
The team kicked off preparations with 13 locally based players taking part in the Monday 2 September training session, with Ethiopia based Patrick Matasi featuring in the evening session at Kasarani.
It will be head coach Francis Kimanzi’s first in his third stint at the national team and he termed it a crucial part of the preparations for the team’s upcoming assignments.
“This friendly match is crucial in our preparations for the upcoming 2021 AFCON Qualifiers against Egypt and Togo in November. We have 14 players in camp at the moment. More players will be joining us in the course of the week,” he said.
The team may have to do without the services of captain Victor Wanyama, mdfielder Johanna Omollo and defender Joseph Okumu.
“We will have a full report on whether Victor Wanyama will be available for the match in the course of the week. If he doesn’t make it on time then we may have to rest him on Sunday. Joseph Okumu hasn’t settled yet in Sweden so we will also give him some time off while Johanna Omollo is injured and needs time to nurse it,” clarified the coach.
“Of course they are top quality players so we will miss their services. It is, however, a good opportunity for us as the coaching staff to gauge other players we have called up,” he added.
Another friendly match has been lined up for Harambee in October before facing Egypt and Togo in the 2021 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers in November.