Stars head out to Madrid for final build up before AFCON

Stars head out to Madrid for final build up before AFCON

The team has been camping in France since May 31 as they prepare for the Cup of Nations and the DRC game will give head coach Sebastien Migne a final picture of the team

National football team Harambee Stars arrive in Spain on Saturday for their second and final build up match ahead of the African Cup of Nations which kicks off in Egypt next week. Stars will face off with DR Congo’s Red Devils at the Estadio de Santa Ana in Madrid, Spain just over a week after playing Madagascar in Paris.

The team has been camping in France since May 31 as they prepare for the Cup of Nations and the DRC game will give head coach Sebastien Migne a final picture of the team ahead of the Cup of Nations.

The tactician believes the tough friendly will be important for the team but most crucial for him will be to avoid injuries after losing Brian Mandela early in the week.

“We will try to win of course but the most important thing for me will be to avoid injuries before AFCON like we lost Brian. DR Congo will be a good opponent because they are strong and one of the favorites to compete for the Cup. It will be a good match to prepare and learn ahead of Algeria, Senegal and Tanzania,” Migne said ahead of the game.

With Mandela out and Musa rested because of a muscle strain, Migne will put in a new defensive partnership with national Under-23 skipper Joseph Okumu set to partner Gor Mahia’s Joash Onyango at the heart of defense.

Okumu came on as a second half substitute against Madagascar after Musa was taken off as a precautionary measure.

“It will be interesting to see him (Okumu) at the high level starting the game and not just coming off the bench. It is different when you start and when you come on. This game will give us a chance of seeing different solutions and different variations before the game against Algeria,” Migne noted.

Apart from Mohammed, the coach will miss the services of utility wingback Erick ‘Marcelo’ Ouma who has been advised to sit out for two days due to a tight muscle

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