The Harambee Stars tactician said the Bright Stars are available immediately as the Fifa window is not yet open
Harambee Stars head coach Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee has announced why they have chosen to play a friendly ahead of the African Cup of Nations for South Sudan.
Kenya will face the Bright Stars in Nairobi on Saturday and Mulee has stated that the decision to have them as friendly opponents was made because they were available outside of Fifa’s international break.
“You stunned Uganda during an Afcon qualifier in Nairobi in November and that’s a big statement,” Mulee said goal.
“Kenya would always want to play against top teams like Algeria or Nigeria, but we have to understand that this happens outside of the Fifa window.
“So we could at least play the three games outside of Fifa week and give the local players a chance to assess them.”
The former Tusker head coach also revealed the state of preparation and goals for the friendly games in South Sudan and Tanzania.
“Our preparations started three weeks ago and I had club players Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and we released them after that,” he said.
“The sessions with the players were pretty impressive and when you see that the local players have gathered in two days, you are very happy because the response has been good too.
“The games we’re going to play will help us gauge the local players and remind us that it’s been a long time since we last played an international match. We go into the game hoping to see how we can play. ” international.”
Mulee confirmed that Kariobangi Sharks goalkeeper Brian Bwire will not be available while waiting for a late assessment from KCB’s Michael Mutinda.
“Bwire has been injured for a very long time and that means we haven’t been with him and he will be on the accordion for our doctors until April,” he concluded. Michael]Mutinda suffered a stroke on Friday and we’ll see what the doctors say about him, “he continued.
“We have a couple of midfielders like Collins Shichenje, Lawrence Juma and Kenneth Muguna, and we’re just going to use them in case Mutinda doesn’t make it. Every player who has been called has been called for merit, because we did it in training and also seen in training. ” the games they played for the clubs.
“We want to see if what they showed at club level can be carried over to the national team and that’s why we have the friendlies.”
After the clash in South Sudan, Kenya will then host Tanzania twice in Nairobi before playing against Egypt.