Despite winning 3-2 when they last met at the Total Africa Cup of Nations Egypt 2019 on June 27 in Cairo, Harambee Stars coach Sebastien Migne expects a tougher test against Tanzania’s Taifa Stars when they meet in the first leg of the 2020 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier on Sunday.
While Tanzania have most of their first team players who played in Tanzania, Kenya has a squad depleted with majority of the players who played in Egypt being foreign based while four more have moved in the current transfer window.
Francis Kahata and keeper Faruk Shikalo have just concluded transfers to Simba and Yanga respectively in Tanzania while Paul Were and John Avire are both working on moves abroad. Defender Philemon Otieno is suspended after his red card against Senegal.
“We have tried to prepare well for this game and this new competition will be different from AFCON. We have a new team because we lost nearly half the team with the transfer window. We have lost mature players for this level and it will be difficult for us,” Migne stated.
“If we don’t have experience we can compensate that with team spirit and we have worked on it through the week,”
“But, it will be an opportunity for other players to show their worth. We will play with players without huge experience for this stage. It will be a huge difference because except Dennis (Odhiambo) no one has played at this stage. For them (Tanzania), they have seven or eight players who were in their team,” the Frenchman further added.
Despite carrying with him an inexperienced squad with minimal international exposure within them, Migne remains confident he will see off a good result in the first leg saying he is keen to ensure the team qualifies for CHAN for the very first time.