Okumbi reveals Harambee Stars' strategy for Zambia
04 September 2016, 09:25
Nairobi - Kenya coach Stanley Okumbi has revealed he will be treating Sunday's
AFCON Group E qualifying match against Zambia as an opportunity to build
for the future.
The Harambee Stars cannot qualify for the 2017 AFCON in Gabon after
picking up just four points from a possible 15 in their five matches in
the group so far.
However, Kenya are still hugely ambitious and are looking to build a
side capable of competing more strongly in future competitions.
In addition, Football Kenya Federation President, Nick Mwendwa, is
reportedly on a mission to recruit players capable of representing Kenya
at international level.
Plymouth Argyle midfielder Joshua Lenan is an example of one such
recruit and the player is likely to feature against Zambia. Ishamel
Gonzalez is another player to benefit from this talent search - the
defensive-midfielder made his debut in a 2-1 win against Congo in June.
Nonetheless, Stars coach Okumbi confirmed that the clash with
Chipolopolo was an opportunity to build a side capable of competing in
He told The Star, "For us this is another important fixture
to be able to gauge where we are at in terms of our development. It will
also be an opportunity for players to show that they can be part of the
set-up when we try to achieve our future objectives."
Kenya's coach is expected name a strong side to face Zambia, with
captain Victor Mugubi as well as forwards Ayub Timbe and Michael Olunga
all tipped to start the match in Ndola on Sunday afternoon.
- TEAMTalk Media