Stars coach Nandwa appeals to Kenya FA to reschedule Burundi match to Sunday

The former Rangers man says the decisive CHAN qualifier should be pushed to Sunday from Saturday to allow humble time to prepare the team
Harambee Stars stand in coach James Nandwa has requested Football Kenya Federation (FKF) to reschedule Saturday's crucial continental game against Burundi to Sunday.

Stars have resumed residential training at the Kasarani Complex ahead of the African Nations Championships (Chan) return leg duel versus the East African neighbors, in which Kenya require a win by at least two clear goals two qualify for the next and final phase of the qualifiers.

"During the first leg (in which we lost 1-0) they pushed the game to Sunday. I have also asked the federation to reschedule the return game to Sunday. This should give us an extra 24 hours to prepare adequately,"  revealed Nandwa to after Monday morning's training session.

The coach who has taken over the team from departed Frenchman Henri Michel on a caretaker basis, added that he intends to use the remaining time to work out on fitness issues and sharpen the striking force.

He added: "When players are away for sometime, its important that their fitness levels are assessed. I have also included Agwanda (Enock), Baraza (Mike) and Were (Paul) because primarily we are after scoring goals and their (Burundi) defence is slow."

"We also have our vice-captain (James Situma) ruled out of this game and that is why we included Mang'oli."

The aggregate winner of this tie is primed to face Sudan in the final qualifying round of matches in this competition. Stars will not break camp for New Year celebrations according to Kenya FA technical committee chairman Elly Mukolwe.