Mam­bas awaited

Mozam­bi­can out­fit jets in today ahead of the Haram­bee Stars friendly this week­end

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports - BY FRAN­CIS WADEGU @fwadegu198

Plans for the twin in­ter­na­tional friendly fix­tures in­volv­ing the na­tional soc­cer team Haram­bee Stars are be­ing fi­nalised even as Kenya’s first op­po­nents Mozam­bique jet into the coun­try today.

The Stars are sched­uled to play Mozam­bique and Liberia on Novem­ber 12 and 15, 2016 re­spec­tively.

Foot­ball Kenya Fed­er­a­tion yes­ter­day re­vealed that gate charges for the matches that will be played at Kasarani, has been put at a flat rate of Sh200 to al­low as many foot­ball lovers to cheer Stars as they seek to build on their re­cent good per­for­mances that has seen them go for nearly a dozen ties with­out de­feat.

“In light of the afore­men­tioned, kindly be in­formed the Mozam­bique team is ex­pected to jet into the coun­try on Wed­nes­day (today) evening ahead of their match with the Stars,” read the state­ment from FKF.

“There will be lots of drinks, food and en­ter­tain­ment at pocket friendly prices be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter the match,” the state­ment from the FKF added.

In­cluded in the Mozam­bi­can con­tin­gent of 21 play­ers is Elias Gas­par pop­u­larly known as Pelembe, who cur­rently turns out for South African PSL side BId­vwest Wits.

Oth­ers are Joao Pe­dro, Dayo Dominguez, Vic­tor Lurenco, Luis Jose and Ger­aldo Aman­cio.

Early this week, coach Stan­ley Okumbi called up 12 for­eign-based play­ers to link up with the team ahead of the two in­ter­na­tional fix­tures though Rama Salim has opted out of the side as he deals with club’s mat­ters.

Most of the for­eign-based Stars ar­rived in the coun­try yes­ter­day and are ex­pected to link up with the lo­cal com­pa­tri­ots in train­ing today.

Among those who were due to ar­rive yes­ter­day in­cluded Zam­bia based trio of David Owino, Jesse Were and Teddy Akumu as well as South Africa-based duo of Brian Man­dela and Clif­ford MIh­eso.

Skip­per Vic­tor Wanyama and other Europe based Stars were also set to land in the coun­try last night. Stars will host Liberia in another friendly match on Tuesday.

Kenya stands a high chance of im­prov­ing their world rank­ing and global peck­ing or­der should they get good re­sults.

Their op­po­nents have ap­peared in the African Cup of Na­tions fi­nals in re­cent years while Haram­bee Stars are yet to make the cut in the bi­en­nial com­pe­ti­tion since the 2004 edi­tion in Tu­nisia.

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