Stars leave for Lesotho for AFCON qualifier

By Kennedy Langat

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

The national soccer team Harambee Stars is expected to leave the country for Lesotho Friday at 5am 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 are scheduled to leave the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport aboard a Fly 540 flight and will be 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 whose final will be staged in Morocco next year.

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

Meanwhile, Harambee Stars midfielder Francis Kahata will join Albanian top tier side FK Tirana after playing for the national team Harambee Stars in the second round of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Lesotho this weekend.

Tirana are set to kick off their preseason in Austria accompanied with their new signings among them Uganda Cranes forward Francis Olaki.

Kahata featured for 48 minutes in the Stars’ goalless draw against Burundi in an international friendly here in Nairobi.

Kahata agreed to extend his stay with the club for a further two years and will sign the contract ones he joins them for the new season.