NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s head coach Sebastian Migne is seeking to
build on the outstanding display Harambee Stars showed against
Ghana when his team hosts Malawi here in a friendly on Tuesday.
With Kenya’s next
assignment set for Oct. 10 and 13 in two legged fixtures against
Ethiopia in Nairobi and Addis Ababa, Migne wants to use the
friendly tie to test a few playing patterns as the country eyes
to seal their ticket from Group F of the Africa Nations Cup (AFCON)
Migne has maintained
the same team and will not have the service of Joash Onyango,
who was red carded in the match against Ghana.
Federation chairman Nick Mwendwa says the match is critical for
the country as it prepares to make a full assault on the AFCON
qualifiers and urged fans to show up in large numbers to cheer
on the home team.
“We urge Kenyans to
come out in large numbers and support the team even though
Tuesday is a working day,” Mwendwa said on Monday.
Malawi arrived in
Kenya on Monday morning from Rabat, where they lost 3-0 to hosts
Morocco in the AFCON qualifiers.
Kenya will be hoping
to replicate an outstanding performance against Ghana even as
coach Migne rues the absence of his utility midfield maestro
Ayub Timbe who plays for Beijing Renhe in the Chinese Super
Timbe was handed a
three match ban and fined 10,000 U.S. dollars by the African
football governing body CAF following an incident that occurred
in Freetown, Sierra Leone where Kenya lost 2-1 to the hosts.
“I am disappointed
with the verdict, which basically means that I won’t play in the
upcoming three AFCON qualifiers,” said Timbe.
The midfield player
will however be available for selection when Kenya plays Ghana
away in Accra and hosts Sierra Leone in Nairobi in November.
There are 12 groups
in the qualifying campaign and only the top teams will make it
to the finals to join hosts Cameroon in 2019.
runners-up from the 12 groups, will also be considered for the
16 team tournament that runs in June.