Francis Kimanzi, the head coach of the U-23 team, is optimistic that Kenya will book a slot into the next Summer Olympic Games.
The Emerging Stars jetted out for Khartoum on Sunday with high hopes as they take on the host in the first leg of the second round of Africa U-23 Cup of Nations cum Olympics Qualifier.
“We did well against Mauritius and it’s good that we have retained a big part of that squad. The boys are motivated and I am confident we will get a positive result,” Kimanzi said moments before the team jetted out for Sudan.
The Afcon finals will also act as a qualifier for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan.
Traveling squad Goalkeepers: Timothy Odhiambo (Ulinzi Stars), Brian Bwire (Kariobangi Sharks); Defenders: Mike Kibwage (KCB), Johnstone Omurwa (Mathare United), David Owino (Mathare United), Yusuf Mainge (AFC Leopards), Joseph Okumu (Real Monarchs, USA), Boniface Onyango (Kariobangi Sharks), Moses Mudavadi (Bandari).
Midfielders: Teddy Osok (Wazito), Tobias Otieno (Sony Sugar), Ibrahim Shambi (Ulinzi Stars), James Mazembe (Kariobangi Sharks), Alwyn Tera (FC Saburtalo, Georgia), Peter Thiongo (Kakamega Homeboyz), Curtis Wekesa (Nairobi Stima), Sven Yidah (Kariobangi Sharks).