The Kenya National U20 Football team, Rising Stars, arrived in Kigali on Thursday afternoon ahead of the Saturday’s return leg clash of the African Youth Championships qualifier against hosts Rwanda.
Rwanda hosts Kenya in the return leg of the CAF U-20 first round qualifier which will be held at Stade de Kigali in Nyamirambo.
The team jetted in at 15:10 aboard Kenya Airways before they headed to their residential base, Kigali View Hotel.
The team, managed by former Harambee Stars head coach Okumbi Stanley will use Stade de Kigali for their official training session on Friday afternoon.
Rwanda held Kenya to a 1-1 draw in the first leg match played at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on April1, 2018. Kenya will thus be hoping for a positive result in Rwanda, with the winner on aggregate set to face Zambia in the second round.
However, Rwanda will also be aiming for a goalless draw or a win over the Kenyan youthful side to be assured of progressing to the next round.
The final qualifying round will be staged in July with the winner earning a slot to next year’s Africa U-20 Cup of Nations finals tournament in Niger.
Kenya U-20 Squad:
Goalkeepers: Humphrey Katasi (Nzoia Sugar), Bryan Bwire (Kariobangi Sharks)
Defenders: Yusuf Mainge (AFC Leopards), Moses Mudavadi (St Anthony Kitale), Ezekiel Nyati (KCB), Boniface Onyango (Kakamega High), Brian Wepo (AcaKoro), Thomas Teka (Nzoia Sugar).
Midfielders: Ndemi Keegan (Bandari FC), Erick Kipkirui (Kariobangi Sharks), Richard Odada (Unattached), Alpha Onyango (Gor Mahia), Fidel Origa (Kariobangi Sharks), Vincent Wasambo (Kariobangi Sharks), Patrick Otieno (Nzoia Sugar).
Forwards: Sydney Lokale (Kariobangi Sharks), John Mwangi (Mathare United FC), Abraham Dawo (Police FC), Ovella Ochieng (Kariobangi Sharks), Austin Ochieng (Kayole Youth).
The Express News