“We have started our preparations well and the players have shown quality and character. I am optimistic that every player will be ready to play,” the Burundian trainer told CafOnline.com in Dar es Salaam.
“Every game is tough. This is the game we need to win, it’s a knockout, if you lose you are out, we cannot afford to lose. We know Kenya is a good team but we will play well to win and ease the pressure for the return leg.”
Ndayiragije replaced Nigerian Emmanuel Amuneke, who parted ways with the squad after the dismal results of Taifa Stars in Egypt, failing to go past the group stage after three defeats.
Harambee Stars will depart for Tanzania on Saturday ahead of the first leg set for Dar es Salaam. Chan is a competition reserved for players who are actively featuring in their domestic national competitions. The winner between Kenya and Tanzania will face Sudan in the final round of qualifications.