Okumbi’s test as Kenya U-20 begin 2019 AFCON journey

Okumbi’s test as Kenya U-20 begin 2019 AFCON journey

Okumbi’s test as Kenya U-20 begin 2019 AFCON journey

Redeployed Harambee Stars coach Stanley Okumbi has a chance to silence critics as he guides the  Kenya's Under 20 side, Rising Stars, against Rwanda's Junior Wasps in a 2019 Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Sunday.

Okumbi was demoted to the younger team from the senior team after dismal performance and to pave way for a new foreign Harambee Stars Coach expected to be unveiled soon.

“We are both physically and psychologically ready. The players are upbeat and psyched up, and I am confident we will get a positive result,” Okumbi told FKF website.

In a bid to fill the stadium, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has announced free entry to the 2019 Total U-20 Africa Cup of Nations (previously known as the African Youth Championship or the African U-20 Championship) preliminary round qualifier that kicks off at 3pm.

A good start for Kenya at home would boost her chances for the elusive qualifying ticket ahead of the return leg to be played on April 20 in Kigali.

Coach Okumbi will have at his disposal the lethal Musa Masika to deploy upfront. Masika, a younger brother to Harambee Stars and China based Ayub Timbe, scored the only goal as the national team beat Mathare United in friendly at Camp Toyoyo recently.Kenya U20 also beat Gor Mahia 2-0 in a friendly on Wednesday March 28th.

He will also ride on the experience from premier league clubs that have contributed greatly to the Under 20 squad. Kariobangi Sharks has produced the highest number in Brian Bwire, Vincent Wasambo,Henry Juma and Eric Kipkurui.  AFC Leopards has two players (Marvin Omondi and Yusuf Mainge), Mathare United has John Mwangi and Mike Odhiambo with only one player (Alpha Onyango) making it from reigning KPL Champions Gor Mahia.

Niger will host the 2019 Total U-20 Africa Cup of Nations competition.

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