Kenya- Burundi Preview: Stars look to overturn one goal deficit against Swallows

Kenya coach Nandwa go into the match without the services of reliable defender James Situma and winger Paul Were who are out injured and sick


Duncan Ochieng (Captain)
Wafula, Juma, Asike, Ochieng'
Akumu, Kahata, Kiongera
Lavatsa, Baraza, Miheso

Niyonkuru Vladimir
Ramadhani, Ndikumana,Hazikimana, Habarugira, Faty Papy, Ndabashinze,
 Mbazumutina, Bizimana
Nahimana, Manirakiza (capt)

Burundi holds a slender advantage as they take on Kenya’s Harambee Stars in the return leg match of CHAN qualifier at Nyayo Stadium on Sunday.

The Swallows won the first leg match played in Bujumbura by a solitary goal and have got no injury worries going into the decisive tie according to assistant coach Amars Niyongabo.

The home side will be under pressure to overturn the deficit by scoring at least 2-0 to be guaranteed a place in the next phase of the competition where they will face Sudan.

Kenya coached by James Nandwa go into the match without the services of reliable defender James Situma who has been ruled out with injury while speedy winger Paul Were will miss out as he his yet to recover from malaria.

Kenya’s veteran goal poacher Mike Baraza and the enterprising attacking midfielder Paul Mungai Kiongera could lead Nandwa’s new look attack with the defensive formation expected to remain largely unchanged. Sofapaka goalkeeper Duncan Ochieng’ is a sure bet to start between the posts.

Nandwa is confident Kenya will overturn the defeat and qualify for next round. “We are very confident we are going to win the return leg game. We have done our best in training and as I have said in the past, the morale at  camp is so high. We will be going for an early goal."

His Burundian counterpart Egyptian coach Lofty Naseem has different assumptions, "“We are not here (Kenya) to make friends, we have many, we will do so after the game. We have come to finish off the job we started at home. We are here to win."

  • Kenya and Burundi have met five times (twice in friendly and thrice in Cecafa) with both sides winning twice and drawing once.
  • Burundi has never qualified for an African Cup of Nations final.
  • Burundi has a higher Fifa ranking than Kenya. They are ranked at position 124, while Kenya is ranked 137.
  • Burundi has just been under two coaches since 2007, Adel Amrouche (2007-2012) and current coach Lofty Naseem while Kenya has had seven coaches in the same period.
  • Burundi has never won a Cecafa title since inception of the team in 1971.
  • Kenya has won five Cecafa Cup titles and made an equal number of appearances at the Africa Cup of Nations final.
  • Prior to the match in Bujumbura where Kenya lost 1-0, the last time the two teams met was in 2009, and Kenya emerged the winner then, registering a 1-0 victory with current Sofapaka player Osborne Monday scoring the lone goal.