Kenya seek rare win against Nigeria


Kenya will be seeking a
very rare win in Calabar on Saturday when they face African champions, the Super
Eagles in a World Cup qualifying match.

Harambee Stars have never
beaten their opponents and the fact itself outlines the assignment they will be
tasked to accomplish this weekend.
With the guidance of a new
coach, Adel Amrouche who will be on the touchline on his first match, the
battle lines have been drawn and he insists they won’t be afraid of the hosts.
“I respect Nigeria
but as much as they are at home, we also want a win. We didn’t come here for a
The team will miss out on
the services of McDonald Mariga who is recovering from an injury, but have as
we’ll adopted to play without him since he hasn’t donned the national colors
for over an year.
Considering the battle
lines were drawn as early as the arrival of Harambee Stars courtesy of the
FKF’s poor planning, the nature of the match is worth the salt riding on it
because it will be a make or break for Kenya.
The East African side has
never qualified for World Cup and with a single point at the bottom of group F,
a chance to level on points is what hasn’t been ruled out by Celtic midfielder
Victor Wanyama (In pic) : “Football is about 90 minutes, yes they are champions but
we also have a match to play and we’ll play to win.”
Stars managed to win 3-0
in Tunis against Libya in February as part of their build up to this fixture
with new crop of players like David Gateri busking in the glory of their
International debut.
However, the clash is set
to relish the senior debut of Dennis Oliech and Wanyama made their senior debut
against Nigeria in 2002 and 2007 respectively, something which Oliech values.
“It is always special
playing against Nigeria. I remember a lot when this match is played. I learn a
lot from it.”
The last time Kenya played
Nigeria was in 2011 in a friendly match they lost 3-0 in Abuja.
Starting XI
Arnold Origi (GK), David
Owino, Brian Mandela, David Ochieng, Mulinge Ndeto, Victor Wanyama, Jamal
Mohamed, Johanna Omollo, Francis Kahata, David Gateri, Dennis Oliech


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