The Harambee Stars of Kenya coach, Sebastian Migne, on Monday revealed that they turned down the chance of playing a friendly match with the Super Eagles for the fear of suffering heavy defeat just weeks to the commencement of 2019 AFCON in Egypt.
There are reports that the East Africans, who will compete at the AFCON finals for the first time in 15 years, could line up against Nigeria and Tunisia before the tournament finals this summer in Egypt, but Frenchman, Migne, is not keen on the proposal.
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“Playing away in Abuja or Tunis with the probability of a heavy defeat just before the tournament starts may not help the team’s confidence,” a source told Nairobi News.
“Then the proposed dates for these matches are too close to the tournament and there is that possibility of getting injuries. You also have to factor in the weather.”
Football Kenya Federation President, Nick Mwendwa, repeatedly confirmed that the body was working round the clock to secure a high profile build-up games for the Harambee Stars.
Kenya will train in Paris, France for three weeks ahead of the tournament.
Harambee Stars could, however, face Madagascar, Uganda or Ivory Coast in France, with Migne expected to name his 30-man squad for the French camp this week.
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