NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan international forward Pistone Mutamba is
among 18 local players who made the final squad of national U-23
side Emerging Stars unveiled on Sunday.
Football Kenya Federation, four foreign-based players will link
up with the team when it reports to camp on Friday in Nairobi.
The team is
preparing for the first round of the upcoming Africa U-23 Cup of
Nations qualifiers where Kenya will host Mauritius in the first
leg on Nov. 14 before travelling for the return fixture four days
Speaking on Sunday,
the team’s head coach and former senior side boss, Francis
Kimanzi conceded trimming the squad from 57 presented the
technical bench with a headache.
“It was quite
challenging because we had quality players in each and every
position, but alongside my technical bench as well as the senior
national team coach (Sebastien Migne) and his assistant (Nicolas
Borriquet-Cor) we have come up with 18 players who will hit camp
next week,” he noted.
The final squad is
set to take part in a two-day open session on Tuesday and
Wednesday before reporting to camp on Friday ahead of the first
leg of their clash with Mauritius.
The winner of the
tie on aggregate will proceed to the second round, with a third
round also in line. The Africa U-23 finals will be played in
November 2019, in Egypt, will act as a qualifier to the 2020
Kenya to play Cameroon in
women’s football friendly
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya will play Cameroon in Nairobi in their
third international buildup match ahead of the 2018 African
Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) in Ghana from Nov. 17 to Dec. 1.
National head coach
David Ouma said Wednesday that plans have been finalized to play
the first two matches against Uganda and Ghana in Nairobi in
next 10 days while the venue and dates for the third match with
Cameroon has not been finalized.
“We are in talks
with Cameroon officials to allow their team to visit Nairobi for
another friendly before the kick off of the AWCON,” Ouma said in
“We need to give the
team the best preparations because the task ahead is very
Kenya will play
Uganda’s Crested Cranes on Nov. 4 in Nairobi and follow up that
clash with another encounter against Ghana on Nov. 7 also at
The team will then
have one full week to focus on the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations
and Ouma says it is prudent to slot in Cameroon to jolt the team
into a reality check prior to flying out to Accra.
Kenya beat Uganda
1-0 in their qualification campaign for the AWCON while Ghana
was too strong for the East Africans when they dismissed them
3-1 in the 2016 finals in Cameroon.
This will be the
second time that Kenya will be competing at the AWCON. This
comes after Equatorial Guinea, who edged out Kenya 3-2 in the
qualifiers, were banned for fielding ineligible players.
At the AWCON, Kenya
is in Pool B alongside defending champion Nigeria, South Africa
and Zambia. Pool A has hosts Ghana, Cameroon, Mali and Algeria.
The best three teams
from the tournament will secure automatic qualifications to the
2019 FIFA women’s World Cup finals in France.
Kenya has called 32
players in camp, but Marjolene Nekesa (USA) and Esse Mbeyu Akida
(Israel) have not reported for training.
Ouma will trim down
the team to 18, who will travel to Ghana for the finals.