Thursday Jul 31, 2014. 16:03
Harambee Stars assistant coach James Nandwa has said the team is hungry and raring to go when they face Lesotho on Sunday in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Nyayo National Stadium.
“We need to take our chances on Sunday. We are confident we can do it,” said Nandwa, who is expected to be on the bench in the absence of suspended head coach Adel Amrouche.
The coach, who has been taking the team through drills, was banned for one year by CAF for reportedly spitting at a match official during a match with Comoros in June.
David Owino also made it clear that they are ready to go past Lesotho because they are targeting a spot in the 2015 AFCON finals in Morocco.
With a win by two or more goals in the game, Stars will be assured of a place in Group C that also has Angola, Burkina Faso and Gabon.
One of the best strikers in Kenya, Dennis Oliech, who plies his trade in France, is expected to feature in the game, together with other professionals Arnold Origi, Victor Wanyama, McDonald Mariga and Allan Wanga Watende.
But Lesotho, who have made some changes to their team, have also warned that they are coming to Kenya for serious business.
Striker Thapelo Tale, who plays for FC Andora that plays in the sixth level of the Spanish football league system and missed the first leg, is part of the team.
Apart from Tale, Motlalepula Mofolo of Algerian Ligue 1 side MC Saida and South African based duo of Tsepo Lekhoana (Mafuti FET College) and Sepiriti Malefane (Bloemfontein Celtic) are also part of the squad.
The other players in Lesotho’s squad include Kananelo Makhooane, Mohau Kuenane, Sepiriti Malefane and Tšepo Lekhoana among others.