Kenya coach Nandwa relishes Uganda challenge as defender Olum joins camp

Harambee Stars coach says a draw will be a good outcome for the Kenyans given the fact that Cranes will be playing at home in the Cecafa battle

Kenya coach James Nandwa is relishing the challenge of facing neighbors Uganda Cranes in the second match of the Cecafa senior challenge tournament on November 24 in Kampala.

Nandwa, who has been mandated to oversee the team in the regional tournament, says a draw will be a good outcome for the Kenyans given the fact that Uganda will be playing at home.

“Against Uganda it will definitely be a tough derby. I see it as a challenge to my players and they are ready for it. We will be aiming for at least a draw but if we can pick a win then it will be a good start for us,” Nandwa told

"We know and understand that it won't be easy playing The Cranes at their home turf. The match is going to be a cracker owing to the rivalry that is always associated with the two countries when it comes to football and all we need is prepare well psychologically and get prepared for the d-day."

“One thing I must admit…Kenya is in a very tough group. Uganda are the hosts and the defending champions then we also have Ethiopia, who are sprucing up for the Afcon 2013 in South Africa.”

“We must be ready if we need to navigate from the Group stage and that is why we need players' in the team who are mentally prepared to deliver the goods.”

Stars camp has been boosted following the arrival of US-based Kansas City defender Lawrence Olum who joined his colleagues on Sunday. Tanzanian-based Azam defender Ibrahim Shikanda is expected to link up with the team on Monday.

All the other call ups have reported to camp with the exception of Gor Mahia and Sofapaka players who will link up with the rest on Tuesday after the FKF Cup final.

The 25 man squad will be whittled down to 20 on Wednesday before the team departs for Kampala. Kenya are in Group "A" of the regional event alongside Uganda, Ethiopia and South Sudan.