Kenya Begin ‘Road to Rio’ Against Botswana

| September 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Kenya’s under-23 football squad start their campaign to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics with a match against Botswana in the first round slated for next month. The clash will renew the under-23 side’s rivalry with the Zebras whom they beat 3-1 here in Nairobi in an international friendly two years ago.

Football Kenya Federation have yet to reveal who will be in charge of he under-23 team with Thika United coach John Kamau having handled the team in recent assignments. However, with Harambee Stars still out of competitive action, head coach Bobby Williamson will be keen to have greater a say in the running of the team as he continues his re-building process in the aftermath of Stars exit for the African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Should they beat Botswana, Kenya will still have two tough rounds to negotiate before reaching the last eight of the competition that will be held in the Democratic Republic of Congo in December. There potential opponents in the second round are Zambia. Should they go past the young Chipolopolo, the small matter of Ivory Coast will be their last hurdle before the eight nations’ finals proper.

Draw–First round: Libya v Mauritania, Ghana v Liberia, Botswana v Kenya, Zimbabwe v Swaziland, Guinea-Bissau v Sierra Leone, Rwanda v Somalia Second round: Libya or Mauritania v Mali, Ghana or Liberia v Congo Brazzaville, Botswana or Kenya v Zambia, Zimbabwe or Swaziland v South Africa, Guinea-Bissau or Sierra Leone v Cameroon, Rwanda or Somalia v Uganda, Tunisia v Sudan.

With agencies

Source : The Star

Category: General

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