Stars face Lesotho Sunday in AFCON qualifier

By Kennedy Langat

The squad of 25 players team was accompanied by head coach Adel Amrouche (FILE)

The national soccer team Harambee Stars left the country Friday for Lesotho where they will face hosts in the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifier match this Sunday at the Setsotso Stadium in Maseru.

The squad of 25 players team was accompanied by head coach Adel Amrouche who will be serving the first of his touch line ban in the game.

The coach was handed a two match ban early last week but Football Kenya Federation confirmed his two assistants Ken Odhiambo and James Nandwa will be handling the team in the two–legged clash that will see the winner on aggregate make it to Group ‘C’ of the final phase of qualifiers which has Burkina Faso, Angola and Gabon.

Stars drew 0-0 with Burundi in their only warm up match against Burundi earlier this week.

Harambee Stars last appeared at the finals of the African Cup of nations, in 2004 in Tunisia where they were knocked out in the group stages.

It has been a long and unwinding road since then failing to qualify for the 5 subsequent editions, a campaign that was punctuated by near misses.

Stars’ eyes are all trained on appearing at the 30th edition of the AFCON set to kick off on the   17th of January to 8th February in Morrocco  but first they have to muscle their way into the group phase, by doing away with their pre qualifiers opponents.

They have already beaten Comoros hence advancing to the second round of the qualifiers against Lesotho.

Meanwhile, Harambee Stars goalkeeper Arnold Origi believes the team will make it to the group stages of African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The Lillestrom goalkeeper is not available for the match as his club declined to release him due to league commitments.