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Stars stand in coach confident the team will reach the next phase of the African Nations Championships qualifiers despite defeat to Swallows

Harambee Stars assistant coach James Nandwa believes Kenya will qualify for the next phase of the African Nations Championships qualifiers - at the expense of Burundi.

Kenya suffered a setback on Sunday, losing 1-0 to the Swallows in the first leg match played in Bujumbura, a result that gives the tiny East African side a head start ahead of the return leg match between the two sides set to be played in Nairobi during the first week of January.

"I believe we have an equal chance of progressing, if not better. I didnt see anything (in Burundi's performance) that will give me sleepless nights. We will prepare adequately for them and give the tie our all," Nandwa told Goal.com on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airrport (JKIA) on Monday.
 
Nandwa sentiments were backed by the team's head of delegation Elly Mukolwe.

"We were unlucky to lose the game, even Burundi know that. I believe the coach will work on what is required to enable the team progress."
 
Stars jetted back at (2pm Kenyan time) aboard a Kenya Airways flight. The team will have a few days rest and regroup immediately after Christmas to prepare for the second leg clash.
 
Nandwa has been handling the team since head coach Henri Michel went on a self imposed leave on the eve of this match.
 

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