Stanley Okumbi has just under a week before he takes charge of his first assignment as the Kenya national team head coach when the Harambee Stars come up against Guinea Bissau in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on March 23.
The former Mathare United boss is currently assessing a bloated squad of nearly 30 players with foreign-based stars including captain Victor Wanyama and forwards Jesse Were and Michael Olunga yet to arrive.
The Bissau clash will be Harambee Stars’ first competitive match since the CECAFA Championships in December 2015, and Okumbi’s first day on duty following his appointment last month.
Okumbi said: “Everything is going on well so far and all the players are working hard. We are currently not in the best position on the table but we have enough games to turn things around beginning with the match against Bissau.
“We play away first and you might think maybe we should go for a draw then win at home but we will be going for the full points. We have good attackers in the squad and we won’t want to limit their abilities.”
Second from bottom
Kenya are currently placed third in their Group E with a point from two games with Guinea Bissau bottom but only because of an inferior goal difference. The other two group members, leaders Congo and Zambia also face off on the same day (March. 27).
The Harambee Stars and the Djurtus last met in 2011 during the qualifiers for the 2012 AFCON with Bissau winning their home leg 1-0 while Kenya won 2-1 in Nairobi.
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