Stars coach James Nandwa: We will make Kenyans proud even without coach Michel

The former Rangers FC coach says the team will cope up well without the French tactician and says they will return a good result from Burundi
Harambee Stars assistant coach James Nandwa says the squad is prepared to engage Burundi  - without head coach Henri Michel.

Kenya is set to play their East African neighbors in the preliminary round of the African Nations Championships qualifiers, with the first leg scheduled to take place in Bujumbura on Sunday.

Michel will skip the Bujumbura assignment to sort out a contractual dispute with Kenyan FA.

"I am pleased with the fitness levels and dedication within the squad. This team has been together for the past two weeks. I cannot speak for the coach (regarding his absence), but I can tell you that we occasionally compare notes and I am sure that we will go out there and register a good performance and result against Burundi," Nandwa told

"I had an opportunity to watch Burundi closely during (the just concluded Cecafa tournament). They are a side that gives their all in each duel. The team is handled by an Egyptian coach so we expect a very fit and pacy side."

"We will prepare ourselves to put out a good performance and come out with at least a draw away to set the tie up for the second clash."

Nandwa will be assisted by Ken Odhiambo during the match. The former Tusker FC and Rangers tactician also revealed that the team has a better chance of qualifying for the next edition of the competition that will be staged in South African in 2014.

"I like the qualifier seeding. We have a chance to qualify because we face teams from our region. Teams that we know very well."

The Kenyan team is expected to depart for Bujumbura on Thursday ahead of the match set for Sunday.