Kenya's stand in coach James Nandwa says his charges will be ready for whatever Malawi "Flames" will throw at them during the quarter-final match of the Cecafa Cup set for Namboole Stadium on Tuesday.
The Harambee Stars, who qualified for the last eight for the first time in three years on Friday after beating Ethiopia 3-1, are seeking a semi-final spot at the expense of the Central African side who have won two and drawn one of the previous three meetings against the East Africans.
“Malawi will provide a difficult and exciting challenge and we are very ready for it. They have a very good record against us but that will count for nothing,” Nandwa told Goal.com.
“I was impressed with how they recovered after a false start in this tournament (losing to Rwanda in the opening game) and that shows they have the mental strength. However, I believe in my players and with the way we've prepared, we are sure to pull some surprises.”
The Kenyan coach however, chose to steer clear of the impending debate on whether to recall suspended duo Paul Were and Kevin Omondi.
“I am not sure this debate should dominate our build up. The boys (Were and Omondi) are very talented and have asked for forgiveness. At the moment, we are short of attackers and only Cliff (Miheso) is comfortable on the left (hand side of the attacking role).”
“I prefer playing Baraza (Mike) as an out and out forward because he is a good finisher."
Kenya face Malawi whereas champions Uganda Cranes takes on Ethiopia in another semi-final on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Humprey Mieno, goalkeeper Duncan Ochieng and Thomas Wanyama are doubtful for the duel.
Mieno is carrying a knock while Ochieng’ is yet to fully recover from the collision he suffered during the Ethiopia game. Wanyama is said to be ill.