Stars land safely in Burundi as hosts set to miss marksman Suleiman Ndikumana

Burundi will play without their skipper and dangerman Ndikumana who has flown to South Africa to complete a deal with PSL side Supersport United

Kenya team Harambee Stars landed safely in Bujumbura as it emerged that Burundi marksman Suleiman Ndikumana will miss the crucial Chan qualifying match scheduled for Sunday.

Ndikumana, who captained Burundi in the just concluded Cecafa Cup in Kampala, Uganda, has left for South Africa for trials with top side Super sport United after failing to agree a deal with Sudan’s leading side El Merreikh.

The 26-man contingent landed safely in Bujumbura and Head of Delegation Elly Mukolwe revealed to that all was well.

“We have prepared well and are ready for the match. If we miss a win I will prefer a draw because we still have a return leg match to play for."

Before departure, Kenya stand in coach James Nandwa, dropped new Tusker signing Ismael Dunga. Nandwa said that he was forced to axe the player as they had been informed that they could only take 19 players. The rest of the squad remains unchanged.

 “We had no choice but to drop one player as we could only take a maximum of 19. The rest of the squad remains intact. All are fit and there is no injury concern.”

Earlier, the team's departure was delayed as it emerged that the plane to Bujumburua could not accomodate the travelling party of 26.

Stars lock horns with Burundi on Sunday in the first leg match of the Africa Nations Champions (Chan) qualifiers.

Nandwa exuded confidence that the squad he has picked has the ‘steel’ and pedigree to grab maximum points from the Swallows.

Sofapaka goalkeeper Duncan Ochieng will captain the side while his teammate at club level James Situma will deputize.

Kenya beat Burundi 1-0 the last time they met in 2009 in Nairobi with the Heroes winning the only other encounter between the pair by the same scoreline in 2007.