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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 the future.

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


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