NAIROBI, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) — Kenya’s Harambee Stars arrived in Kigali, Rwanda on Friday for their second 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier against the Amavubi Stars on Sunday.
This is after their qualification bid for Qatar 2022 got off to a whimper following a 0-0 draw against bitter rivals Uganda at Nairobi’s Nyayo National Stadium on Thursday.
The Jacob Mulee-coached team has all to do to clinch the one ticket available in Group E of the CAF second round qualifiers after dropping two points at home when they face the wounded Rwanda who suffered a 0-1 loss in their opener against Mali on Wednesday.
Despite the sparkling debut by Serbia-based debutant midfielder, Richard Odada, Kenya endured a bumpy start to their road to Qatar after failing to break down the obdurate and well-organized Uganda Cranes in Nairobi on Thursday.
After the match, Mulee who led Kenya to the Tunisia 2004 Africa Cup of Nations finals announced the country’s dream of qualifying for a first World Cup had not been dimmed despite the dispiriting stalemate.
“We managed to get at a point and we hope to reap maximum points from our match against Rwanda. There were a lot of positives from the match but also some negatives we need to address,” Mulee told reporters after the game.
He singled out Odada for praise but expressed concern over his team’s inability to fashion scoring chances for their star striker, Michael Olunga, in what was a slow-burner contest against Uganda.