Kenya/Tanzania: Harambee Stars Eye Tanzania Scalp Again in Final Friendly


As Harambee Stars host Tanzania in their final friendly game Thursday before their two 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers next week, coach Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee is expected to use the match to gauge the overall performance of his players before naming his final squad.

Stars and Taifa Stars clash again at Nyayo National Stadium from 3pm behind closed doors as Mulee expects the assembled local-based players to continue their impressive form.

The two sides met on Monday where Stars edged out Taifa Stars 2-1 courtesy of goals from Kariobangi Sharks striker Eric Kapaito and Bandari winger Abdalla Hassan. Taifa Stars got their lone goal through Ayubu Lyanga in the first half.

AFC Leopards striker Elvis Rupia’s first half goal had on Saturday given Stars a slim 1-0 victory over South Sudan in the first friendly tie.

Stars host Egypt on March 25 at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani under flood lights before travelling to Lome, Togo for their last match of the Group G qualifiers.

They are third in Group G with a paltry three points behind leaders Egypt and Comoros Island, who all have eight points from four matches. Togo is rocked at the bottom of the group on one point.

“This is our last friendly match and after this we shall gauge the performance we have had before coming up with the final squad to face Egypt and Togo. Winning all the friendlies is important to us and that is why we have to do the job again against Tanzania,” said Mulee.

The experienced tactician also said that foreign based players are expected in the country over the weekend as preparations for the two crucial matches hit top gear.

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