Kenya eye Africa Cup slot as team arrives in Dar
Kenya eye Africa Cup clot as team arrives in Dar
Kenya will be eying East Africa’s lone ticket to next year’s Africa Under-17 Cup of Nations when the CECAFA Under-17 Championship kicks off in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Saturday. With Tanzania hosting next year’s junior AFCON, East Africa will only be required to have one more representative with CAF having zoned the qualifiers.
Head coach Mike Amenga believes the team has prepared well and will be in a position to do better than they did last year in Burundi where they finished fourth.
“We have a better and stronger team and we had a longer period of time in training. I am very positive that we will be able to get that ticket and the minimum target for us is to get to the final. It is very possible and the players are psyched to do it,” the tactician said.
Kenya is in Pool B with South Sudan, Djibouti, Uganda and Ethiopia and will start their campaign next Tuesday against South Sudan. A top two finish will guarantee them a spot in the semi-finals.
“It is a very tough group because at this moment in football, there is no small or big team. Each team is capable of doing well. We will give our best in all the matches and treat every one of them as a final,” Amenga pointed out.
They will begin their campaign next Tuesday against South Sudan before playing Djibouti, Uganda and Ethiopia in that order. They lost to Uganda 4-1 in the play off last year and also met Ethiopia in the group drawing 0-0.