Kenya’s Harambee Stars jet out on sunday
The Kenya national soccer team Harambee Stars will jet out of Nairobi on Sunday morning at 3.00 am for Tunis where they are scheduled to play against Libya in an international friendly match .The match is slated for Wednesday February 6th..
The team will have a two hour stopover in Cairo as they wait for a
connecting flight departing Cairo at 10:00am and will arrive in Tunis
shortly after midday on Sunday.
The team, led by Coach James Nandwa, is currently camping at the Moi
International Sports center Kasarani in preparation for the friendly
The team will travel without the services of Parma Fc midfielder
MacDonald Mariga and South Africa vased Brian Mandela who have been replaced by AFC Leopards midfielder Charles Okwemba and Ulinzi Stars defender.
The team has however been boosted by the arrival of Tanzania based
duo of Humphrey Mieno and Jockin Atudo who arrived on Wednesday ahead of the trip.
The match had to be moved to neighbouring Tunisia cause of a ban
from hosting International matches by FIFA due to insecurity since the
However the European based players led by Captain Denis Oliech ,
Victor Mugube, Ayub Timbe, and Arnold Origi will fly directly to
Tunis from their bases on Monday after their weekend league
Libya has named a strong squad which includes British born Ahmed Beali
playing for Italian Serie’ A ‘side Bresica and Irish based Ayman Zaid
among other players from the local league sides.
Libya currently ranked 47th are using the match as preparations for
their FIFA 2013 world cup qualifiers .
They are currently leading group( I) ahead of Congo DRC ,Cameroon, and Togo.
Although ranked 127th ,the Kenyans are out to turn the tables in their
efforts to improve in the rankings.
However Libyan Coach Abdulafed Arbich is taking the match seriously
and the team has been training at the Tunis Venue since last week
Foreign based players Victor Wanyama (Scotland) , Ayub Timbe
(Belgium), David Gateri (South Africa), Dennis Oliech (France) and
keeper Arnold Origi (Norway) will connect straight to Tunis to link up
with the team.
The invitational friendly is fully financed by the hosts.