Harambee Stars Braced For Madagascar Friendly In Paris

Jun 06 - by Erick Ochieng for SportPesa News

Head coach Sébastien Migné has no injury concerns and is looking forward to cultivate a winning mentality ahead of their 2019 AFCON in Egypt

Striker Michael Ogada Olunga celebrates Harambee Stars goal against Ghana on September 8, 2018. PHOTO/File

  • The team was boosted with the arrival of Kashiwa Reysol forward Michael Olunga who trained with the squad on Thursday evening ahead of the clash
  • Migne said Olunga will not be in the starting line-up against Madagascar but will instead come in as a substitute in the second half to give him time to recover from his long journey
  • Kenya will also play the Democratic Republic of Congo in yet another friendly slated for next Friday (June 15) in Madrid, before they jet into Egypt four days for the AFCON where they will face Algeria, Tanzania and Senegal in Group C

NAIROBI, Kenya- Harambee Stars will play Madagascar in a friendly on Friday in Paris as preparations for their Egypt 2019 AFCON that kicks off in Cairo on June 21 intensify.

The team was boosted with the arrival of Kashiwa Reysol forward Michael Olunga who trained with the squad on Thursday evening ahead of the clash.

“I’m happy because I have my full squad in the camp. This is good for me and my staff because we can work tactically for the matches,” underlined head coach Sébastien Migné who confirmed Olunga’s arrival.

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Migné said he had a fit squad to pick from and he was looking to cultivate a winning mentality ahead of Kenya’s first appearance in the continental championships in 15 years.

“We have no injury concerns, every player is ready for the game,” Migne highlighted.

“The international matches are important since they will help me to gauge the players and cultivate a winning spirit,” he added.

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Migne said Olunga will not be in the starting line-up against Madagascar but will instead come in as a substitute in the second half to give him time to recover from his long journey.

“He traveled  from Japan overnight so he has a bit of jet lag, I want him to have some proper rest before he is fielded,” Migne underscored.

The match will be played at the Stade Robert-Robin, starting at 9 pm EAT (+3 GMT).

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Kenya will also play the Democratic Republic of Congo in yet another friendly slated for next Friday (June 15) in Madrid, before they jet into Egypt four days for the AFCON where they will face Algeria, Tanzania and Senegal in Group C.