The stakes are high as Harambee Stars take on Taifa Stars in a must-win battle that will decide the Afcon 2019 destiny of the two nations
Kenya will come up against Tanzania in what has been dubbed the East African Derby in Afcon Group C on Thursday.
Both Kenya and Tanzania are going into their second group fixture after losing their opener by an identical 2-0 result to Algeria and Senegal respectively, and will be seeking to bounce back to winning ways.
Below, Goal parades some of the players coach Sebastien Migne will bank on to get the much-needed win against the Taifa Stars.
The Saint George custodian was badly exposed against Algeria and could do nothing to prevent the two goals from hitting the back of the net. Against Tanzania, he has to ensure the back four offers him maximum protection to avoid a repeat of the same.
David ‘Calabar’ Owino
The Zesco United defender is expected to come in after injuries to Joash Onyango and Musa Mohammed. Owino has to prove to coach Sebastien Migne and the entire technical bench that he is the man who they missed at the back of Stars' defense when they suffered a 2-0 defeat to Algeria in the Group C opener.
The skipper was the only one who shone against Algeria after his colleagues in the midfield switched off. He has to give his best once again against Taifa Stars and help Kenya get the much-needed win to stand a chance of progressing to the last 16 of the competition.
Erick ‘Marcelo’ Ouma
Came in as a second-half substitute against Algeria and stabilized the left wing that had been overrun in the first half. Ouma is expected to start this time and will be the man Kenya turn to when they are moving forward as his crossing ability is what Harambee Stars' strikers will thrive on.
Omollo had an immediate impact in the Harambee Stars midfield after coming on against Algeria; he brought much-needed calmness and gave the captain a helping hand. His experience will be much needed against neighbours Tanzania.
The Kashiwa Resyol striker had a poor game against the Desert Foxes, but was starved of the quality service strikers thrive on. However, with Eric Ouma set to start from the left flank, Olunga should receive enough opportunities to get the goals Kenya desperately need to secure the win that will revive their hopes of making it to the knockout stages.