Assistant coach Nandwa confirms he will include foreign-based players in Kenya team to play in the duel to be staged in Tunisia for security reasons
Kenya Harambee Stars has landed an international friendly against North African side Libya in Tunis, Tunisia, on February 6.
According to the Libyan Football Federation (LFF) secretariat, who are the hosts, they will carter for everything including tickets for all Kenya players based abroad, selected to play in the friendly duel.
A comminuque from Libyan FA confirmed that the match will be played in neighbouring country Tunisia, because World governing body Fifa does not authorize Libya to play at home for security reasons.
Libya is ranked 54 in the World, while Kenya is ranked 134. Stars assistant coach James Nandwa on Wednesday revealed to Goal.com that he will use the friendly to gauge the fitness of foreign-based players ahead of World Cup qualifiying match against Nigeria’s Super Eagles in March.
Nandwa, who had a good run with local based players during the Senior Challenge Cup in Kampala, Uganda in December where Stars lost 1-2 in the final to hosts Uganda Cranes, said he will incorporate seven professionals for the friendly.
Those in Nandwa’s frame for the build up include captain Dennis Oliech (AJ Auxerre, France), Brian Mandela (Sanlam Santos, South Africa), Ayub Timbe (Genk, Belgium), Victor Wanyama (Celtic, Scotland) Arnold Origi (Lillestrøm, Norway), and fit again midfielder Macodonald Mariga (Inter Milan, Italy).
“We will try and contact Mariga and see whether he will be available. It is unfortunate that he (Mariga) has not been getting enough playing time since returning from injury but hopefully we will get his release for the friendly.”