In a few weeks time Kenya will embark on their first attempt to quality for the Africa Cup of nations since the disastrous tenure of one Antoine Hey.
Our First match is away to Guinea Bissau and whilst preparations have been, well more than usual, there it is still hard to tell whether Harambee Stars are ready to reach heights last seen in 2004.
For that 1st time (more out of luck than their own efforts) harambee stars actually had a Friendly on the official date set aside for these things. a 1-1 draw away draw v. Tanzania was followed up by a 3-0 unofficial win over Ethopia. The win being with Locally based players exclusively(Sofapaka’s Allan Wanga scoring twice).
The most interesting thing so far is the acrimony suurounding the confirmation of Twahir Muhhidin as full time coach for the team. He deputized for Antoine Hey, and was left holding the peices when an acrimoniuos fall out between the German and FKL led to the former walking out on the team with over an year left on his contract. its been reported in the press that the board agreed on a different head coach at a full meeting only for ‘some individuals’ (a their critics put it) to hand Muhhidin the job.
Though I personally feel he’s not the best local option available. Since winning 3? league titles with the now defunct Oserian Fastac in the early noughties, he has not done anything of note as a coach. Nonetheless, he is blessed with the best selection of local talent for many years and i think that he can get Kenya to the Cup of nations should he be given the space to run the team his way.
Guinea Bissau, though not as illustrious as other West African teams, will still not be a walk over, given kenya are not a very good travelling team. Kenya’s other opponents in the qualifying group are Uganda and Angola.