Harambee Stars need specialised training ahead of Tunisia fixture

Published on 29/01/2009

In less than two months, Kenya takes on Tunisia in their 2010 World Cup/Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers match in Nairobi.

It is worrying that even with such little time to go, those responsible for the national team have not announced any plans for the match.

The team is still reeling from the unceremonious sacking of former coach Francis Kimanzi for refusing to honour a friendly match against Egypt.

This is a matter that cannot be wished away and has to be sorted out before the team goes to camp.

Some top players have already indicated that they will not honor a call-up to the team until Kimanzi is reinstated and the faster Football Kenya Limited (FKL) sorts out the matter the better.

Secondly, the team also needs specialised training before taking on Tunisia. The friendly against Egypt was not of much use considering that only about a third of those who traveled to Cairo will be considered for call-up.

This is one of the reasons Kimanzi cited for refusing to travel because he knew it was not possible to assemble best players at such short notice and worse not on a day that is recognised by Fifa.

The qualifiers, which kick off in March, are very crucial considering that what is at stake is qualification to either the World Cup or Africa Cup of Nations finals. Most Kenyans do not want just to watch other teams playing in the qualifiers, but are yearning for their own to make a return.

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