Harambee Stars to face Ethiopia in Afcon qualifier

Written By: Muraya Kamunde
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Harambee Stars will face Ethiopia for the second time on Sunday knowing that a win will improve their chances of making it to the 2019 Afcon finals.

The last time Harambee Stars reached the Afcon finals was way back in 2004 in Tunis, Tunisia under Coach Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee.

In the first leg played at Bahir Dar Stadium, Kenya withstood a tough second half surge by the home side that was pushed on by a full-to-capacity stadium to pick up a vital point, in a 0-0 draw, that pushed them closer to Cameroon.

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CAF is yet to decide whether or not results picked by teams against Sierra Leone, who are serving a FIFA ban, will stand in the road to qualification, reason why Kenya must win their remaining matches, starting with the fixture against the Walya Antelopes at home.

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As it stands in Group F, Kenya leads with four points after two matches, with Ghana coming second with three points and Ethiopia completes the table with just a single point.

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Meanwhile, former Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Sam Nyamweya has expressed his concerns regarding the security of fans during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations match on Sunday at the Kasarani Stadium.

This comes after Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa announced free entry for the Kenya vs Ethiopia clash.

In a statement, Nyamweya said it poses serious challenges to the security personnel in controlling the crowds that will turn out in expecting to gain entry to watch the game.

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“While the decision is in good faith and meant to ensure the National team gets all the support they deserve, the security personnel have a lofty challenge to ensure there no stampede cuased by people who may not understand that the stadium is full,” read the statement.

Nyamweya has called on the Football Kenya Federation to work closely with the Inspector General’s office to ensure crowd control and stadium access management is well coordinated to avoid any incidences that might lead to ugly situations.

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