Right, less that 24 hrs to a match that could kick start or completely kill off Harambee Star’s hopes to be part of The Africa cup of Nations in 2012. Kenya is currently stuck at the bottom of Group j with just a single point (from a 0-0 draw against Uganda) from 2 games. Here is this blog’s attempt at a preview of the match.
Kenya will be encouraged by the fact that the Angolans last visit to East Africa saw them hammered by Uganda. They will also be buoyed by their reputation for strong home performances in front of what (I hope) will be a large and vocal crowd at Nyayo Stadium. A win for Kenya takes them up to four points, which would be enough to overhaul at least one of the other teams in the group and give the team a massive confidence boost, going into game four in Luanda. This post is my attempt to preview Kenya’s preparations for this game.
Kenya is pretty much a full house, with the exception of the unfortunate Patrick Oboya (missed last available flight after the traditional club v. country row with his club in the Czech Republic). The biggest profile returnees to Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno are midfielder Jamal Mohammed and goalkeeper Arnold Origi.Thus there are really no excuses on the squad front.
Nyayo stadium has an unsavoury
record of crowd control ‘accidents’ and this match is the biggest match to be hosted there since the tragic incident in which 7 Gor Mahia fans lost their lives trying to get in to catch the infamous Nairobi derby between Gor and AFC Leopards. Match organizers have expressed a lot of confidence that this time they have got things under control. Whislt I hope that they are right, only match day can we be certain of the strength of their plans.
Overall this mat6ch is Zedekiah Otieno’s opportunity to make an impact where Harambee stars really need it. By winning this match he re-ignites what faint hopes we still have in making the Cup of nations next year . Anything else, and the campaign is almost as good as dead