Kenya’s Harambee Stars take on DR Congo in an international friendly in Kinshasa tonight, October 4, in what will be the first clash between the two sides in over half a decade.
Head Coach Stanley Okumbi will be looking to build on a fine run that sees his side unbeaten in their last five assignments but The Leopards are perhaps the biggest team they have met yet.
Congo are ranked 40 places above the East Africans and will be looking to show the home crowd just why such a huge gap exists between them.
Goals for Kenya
Okumbi already unveiled his starting XI which hinted that they will be going for early goals if the partnering of Michael Olunga and Jesse Were upfront is anything to go by.
The hosts will be using this clash to prepare for the 2018 Fifa World Cup Qualifier against Libya this Saturday, while Stars will want to cause another upset and give a couple more players international experience.
The Central African nation has won all but one of their last 9 matches in all competitions, keeping cleansheets in four, and have won their previous four encounters against Kenya, the last coming in January 2011 during the Nile Basin Tournament.
Kenya go into the clash at the back of a five-game unbeaten run but they have won only one of the quintet, an impressive 2-1 defeat of DR Congo’s neighbors, Congo. The Harambee Stars have kept only one clean sheet in the previous 10 matches.
Congo will feel like they have this in the bag but Stars will be hoping they can show how far they have come under the new management and federation.
However, the hosts look some light years ahead of Kenya even if they won’t be able to field their first eleven which boast the likes of Bournemouth’s Benik Afobe, Everton’s Yannick Bolasie and Villareal’s Cedrik Bakambu, to mention but a few.
A home win is 100% safe with the home team winning in both halves. However, expect the visitors to get a goal given the form of the two strikers; Olunga and Were.
Head-to-Head: Congo won 4 of 4 meetings
DR Congo Form: W W D L W
Kenya Form: D D W D D
DR Congo Last Match: W 4-1 vs Central African Republic
Kenya Last Match: D 1-1 against Zambia
Correct Score Prediction: DR Congo 3-1 Kenya
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