Football Kenya Federation have turned their focus to the Kenya U-23 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Mauritius.
This comes just a day after Confederation of African Football (Caf) cancelled the Afcon qualifying battle between Kenya’s Harambee Stars and Sierra Leone that was set for November 18 in Kenya.
But on Wednesday, the Emerging Stars will have a date with Mauritius with the winner on aggregate set to face either of Sudan or Seychelles in the second round. A third round, which will determine which team graces the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations, is also in the line.
The Kenyan side are already in camp with captain Joseph Okumu, who plies his trade in the United States for Real Monarchs, the first foreign-based player to check in. Ovella Ochieng (USA), Jonah Ayunga (England), Henry Ochieng (England), and Alwyn Tera (Georgia) are set to jet into the country on Monday.
FKF President Nick Mwendwa has asked Kenyans to equally rally behind the team on Wednesday. “We are now turning our focus to the U-23 team as they have a huge match coming up. We ask Kenyans to rally behind the team as they also have a job to deliver,” Mwendwa told Goal.com.
Ticket prices for Wednesday’s match have been set at Sh100 regular and Sh 500 for VIP, and will be sold on match day at the match venue. The final U-23 Afcon tournament, set to be held in Egypt in November 2019, will act as a qualifier for the 2020 Summer Olympics, with the best three teams gaining automatic slots.