Harambee Stars have secured a chance in Group E with rivals Rwanda, Uganda and Mali in Group E. Mali last participated in the event in 2006.
Francis Kimanzi, the Harambee Stars coach is very optimistic that the national soccer team can be the best in the group stages. Kimanzi guided Harambee Stars to their highest achievements in 2008. He pointed out that the best achievements can only be realized by early and proper preparation.
“This is a group that contains teams that know each other well with the exception of Mali. So it is not going to be straight forward,” Harambee Stars coach started.
“It’s a fair group to be sincere and everybody will have an equal opportunity to qualify. What we will need to focus on is how we prepare for each of those matches and see where we end up,” said the Stars’ tactician.
According to world ranking, Mali stands 56, Uganda 77, Kenya 106 and Rwanda 133. The Kenyans tacticians believe that ranking does not count in such tough events. Kenya played against Mali in 2004 where the match ended 3-1 in favor of Malians.
The Ugandans Cranes played against the Harambee Stars last in a game that ended 1-1. In an encounter with Rwanda, Kenya won 2-0 in a CECAFA senior challenge cup which took place in 2017.
The regional Rivals, Tanzania will pray in Group J with DRC, Benin and Madagascar. Recently, their captain Mbwana Samata join the English Premier League after signing a contract with Aston Villa on Tuesday. He is the second East African to join EPL after the Star’s skipper Victor Wanyama.
Francis Kimanzi has a big task to handle as Kenyans wait for a spectacular performance from the team. We hope to see the Kenya team managing to qualify in the group stages. Kimanzi has to find the best squad that will nail all the teams in the group stages.