Head coach James Nandwa revealed to Goal.com that he had settled on the Mathare centre half to lead his charges on and off the pitch while AFC Leopards midfielder Bernard Mangoli will deputize.
Nandwa said that the two are disciplined and have the leadership qualities to guide the youthful side. Kimani reported to camp only Wednesday as a replacement for the injured Ibrahim Shikanda.
Speaking to Goal.com before the 20-man squad left for Kampala, Kimani said he was elated to skipper the team at the regional tournament.
“It’s a good thing for me because it’s everyone’s dream to play for the national team. I’m proud and humbled to captain the team.”
“Being a captain means you have to give the best for your team on and off the pitch, keeping the boys together. “Now the task is to continue working hard with the rest of the squad, and come Saturday, we get ready for the battle against Uganda Cranes. I have strong believe we will return home with the trophy.”
Kenya have been pooled in Group "A" alongside debutantes South Sudan, Uganda and Ethiopia. Group "B" incorporates Sudan, Tanzania, Somalia and Burundi while Group "C" comprises Malawi, Rwanda, Zanzibar and Eritrea.
Ethiopia, who will represent the East African region at the Afcon 2013, will play the opening match against South Sudan. Malawi have been incorporated into the tournament as guest team.
|Martin Musalia||Mathare United
|Anthony Kimani||Mathare United|
|David Owino||Gor Mahia|
|Patilla Omotto||Kariobangi Sharks|
|Bernard Mangoli||AFC Leopards|
|Paul Were||AFC Leopards|
|Clifford Miheso||Thika United|
|Kevin Omondi||Gor Mahia|
|Michael Baraza||AFC Leopards|
|Rama Salim||Gor Mahia|
|Edwin Lavasta||Gor Mahia|
|Victor Ochieng||AFC Leopards|
|Ken Odhiambo||Assistant Coach|
|Gabriel Olang'||Team Manager|
|Rizik Ziwa||Keeper Trainer|