Stars head coach Sebastian Migne disclosed that together with Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa, they were on a reconnaissance mission in France last week where they scouted a couple of locations where the Kenya national football team can assemble for residential camp ahead of their sixth appearance in the Afcon finals. Migne masterminded what had seemed an impossible fete for Kenya — to reach the Afcon finals for the first time since 2004 — especially after the loss to Sierra Leone in the opening match.
“We want to give Wanyama and Timbe an opportunity to get minutes on the pitch but majorly, we will have 16 home-based players from the under 23’s as you know they will be preparing for the Olympic qualifiers and also Chan. We want to not only give them a chance to be in Afcon squad but also to be ready for those two qualifiers,” the French tactician explained. The Rising Stars will take on Sudan in the Tokyo Olympic qualifier while Burundi will be their Chan opponents. Migne admitted that the Afcon tournament will be a difficult one for Kenya because the national team ‘does not have a habit of competing at this level’. “This is a chance for the players to give good image for Kenyan football. The tournament is a fantastic platform for Kenyan football. We have to constantly be on the African map at all levels,” concluded Migne. The draw for the Afcon will be done in Cairo on April 12.