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Kenya coach Migne calls up team for Africa Cup qualifiers prep

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s Harambee Stars coach Sebastien Migne has summoned a 21-member team to camp Saturday here for preparations of their scheduled international friendlies.

Albania based duo Musa Mohammed and Erick Ouma have made the cut having just returned home after their season ended.

Football Kenya Federation said in a statement on Saturday that the coach will only have one day training session with the players before releasing them back to their clubs.

“Coach Migne and his assistant Nicolas Bourriquet will hold two training sessions on Tuesday. He will have one day training to gauge who are fit for the assignment,” FKF said.

Musa terminated his stay with Albanian giants KF Tirana while Ouma has been playing with second tier side KS Kastrioti Kruje, but will be moving to play for Tirana in the Albanian capital.

Migne will also assess among  Kenya’s U-23 players like David Owino and Pistone Mutamba. Notable inclusions in the team are Yussuf Mainge and Marvin Onyango, who turn out for the national U-20 team.

FKF Chairman Nick Mwendwa said they are lining up three international friendly matches for Harambee Stars to help coach Migne gauge his side.

He  said  the teams to play Kenya will be released on a later date once they have been confirmed.

Kenya is preparing for the Africa Nations Cup group D matches where they are pooled alongside Ghana, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone.

Kenya lost the opening round match 2-1 to Sierra Leone in Freetown last year and the qualification campaign resumes in September with a match against Ghana in Nairobi.

Only the winner of each group will sail through to the finals in 2019 to be played in Cameroon.

Kenya last competed at this stage of the tournament in 2004 in Tunisia. Migne has his task cut out to help Harambee Stars return to the premier football competition in the continent. He was signed last month replacing Belgian Paul Put on a three year contract.

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Hull City to play against Kenyan Giants Gor in friendly on Sunday

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- English side Hull City  head coach, Nigel Adkins believes his Tigers will give a good account of themselves when they take on Kenyan giants Gor Mahia FC on Sunday in their international clash in Nairobi.

Adkins and his charges arrived in Kenya for their maiden tour in East Africa on Friday night with his team that finished 18th in the second-tier English  Championship short of some of their notable names.

“I’m really excited, everyone has made us feel welcome and we have a game to play. I’ve only been here for five months big thing is we made sure we are in the Championship that is great,” Adkins said here on Saturday.

“We had a turnover of players now who scored record amount of goals in 10 years. We will build on that for next year and make sure we keep more clean sheets,” he added.

The Englishman succeeded former Russia national team head coach, Leonid Slutsky last December and ensured the Tigers stayed up in the Championship following their relegation from the English Premier League at the end of the 2016/17 season.

He is expecting a stun test from Gor who are coached by countryman Dylan Kerr and are yet to lose a game at home this season.

“It will be our tough game for us. We have arrived here at the end of our season, a lot of players are on international duty and others have gone back to their clubs and others are out of contracts. “We know it will be a challenging game and we are looking forward to it. Dylan Kerr is a good manager and he will have his players up for it,” Adkin remarked.

Despite coming to Nairobi with a depleted squad, Adkins believes they have enough quality in the ranks to give Gor and the watching Kenyan football fans a good game at the 60,000-seat Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani in Nairobi.

“I’m really proud to be here in Kenya, the first time an English club has been here since 1984. It’s a great opportunity to engage with everybody and for the players who are here to embrace the culture, take it all on board and it’s a special time,” the Tigers boss underscored.

Hull will return to Britain for their summer break next Wednesday (May 16) with promising talent, Jarrod Bowen, seasoned Frazier Campbell and former Manchester United FC man Will Keane among the potent forwards in the squad for the Kenyan trip.

French-born Malian forward, Nouha Dicko withdrew from the traveling squad after being called up for international duty by his national team Mali.

             

 

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