Kenya national team, Harambee Stars, have barely had time to prepare for their Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup title defence.
The team left Nairobi for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Saturday morning after training only for a single day (Friday) thanks to their energy-draining trip to and from Cape Verde for the FIFA World Cup qualifier, a competition they exited after losing the return leg 2-0 (2-1 on aggregate) to the Blue Sharks.
Despite the ill preparations, Stars’ boss Bobby Williamson is upbeat about his side’s chances in the competition.
“We are now looking forward to having a great run in the Cecafa championships as we prepare for Nations Cup qualifying matches. It is what we can look for and hope to do better,” Williamson said.
Stars will open their title defence against record champions Uganda who are considered as the favorites.
“Uganda are a strong team – not because they have the tournament more times than any other team, but they arrive in Addis Ababa with their heads high after qualifying into the next round of the 2018 World Cup,” added the Scott.
The two sides will battle on Sunday, a day after hosts Ethiopia come up against Rwanda and Burundi entertain Zanzibar.
Burundi vs Zanzibar – 1400hrs EAT
Ethiopia vs Rwanda – 1600hrs
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