Kenya tactician Henri Michel: Tanzania friendly will give us adequate preparations

French coach rues the absence of Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama and goalkeeper Arnold Origi but says it gives other players the chance to shine

Kenyan Coach Henri Michel says the upcoming friendly against Tanzania's Taifa Stars will help him prepare the squad adequately for the upcoming competitive matches.

Harambee Stars are in camp ahead of the friendly against their southern neighbors in Mwanza on Wednesday.

“We need to rectify the mistakes identified when we last played (against South Africa). As well, this is an opportunity for the squad to further get used to each other as we get into the competitive schedule.”

Kenya will participate in the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup and African Nations Championships (Chan) in the coming weeks.

The French coach - who just returned from compassionate leave following the death of his mother - has picked a similar squad to the one that lost to South Africa in a friendly match last month, but will miss two key players, Victor Wanyama and custodian Arnold Origi who pulled out of the Tanzanian trip at the last minute.

“Wanyama is ill, it seems some members of his club (Celtic FC) suffered an infection, he asked to be withdrawn as a precautionary. Arnold Origi has many league assignments coming up and he also asked to be left out.”

However, Tanzanian-based midfielder Jerry Santos and Patrick Oboya who plies his professional trade in Slovakia, both whom missed the last assignment against South Africa, formed part of the 21 man squad that held an intensive two hour training session at the City Stadium on Monday.

Gor Mahia midfielder Anthony Akumu and Ulinzi Stars custodian Jactone Odhiambo, who were called in to replace Wanyama and Origi, also trained with the team.