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Kenya face Namibia in World Cup qualifier

[Posted 09 Jun 2012]
[By Charles Malingha]
Kenya face Namibia in World Cup qualifier

Kenya play Namibia at the Independent Stadium in Windhoek from 8pm (Kenyan time) on Saturday in a World Cup Group F qualifier both nations will be desperate to win to stay in contention of a place in Brazil 2016.

And if Francis Kimanzi and his boys needed any motivation it is the dismissive remarks Namibia coach Bernard Kaanjuka said this week of Harambee Stars’ ability.

"I know their (Stars) type of football. They are more on endurance than skill. The skill is not that good," Kaanjuka told the Namibian, a national newspaper.

An interesting statement from a man coaching a side ranked 134 by Fifa compared to Kenya’s 111.

Namibia are pointless after falling 1-0 away to Nigeria in Calabar while Kenya have a point from their disappointing barren home draw with Malawi a week ago in Nairobi.

Prior to departure for Windhoek this week coach Kimanzi talked about Kenya playing better away where saying there is "less pressure" compared to playing at home.

Meek show

Kimanzi may have been reflecting on Harambee Stars’ meek show at Moi International Sports Centre that left many home fans bitterly disappointed.


But even so, Harambee Stars’ travel record is dismal. Removing their November 11, pre-World Cup qualifier win in Roche Caiman against football minnows Seychelles – ranked a lowly 189 by Fifa – Stars last won a continental tie away from home way back on October 12, 2002, against Cape Verde in an African Cup of Nations qualifier.

Also, Namibia and Kenya have met four times before, equally sharing two wins and two losses. Neither has beaten the other away.

Despite Kimanzi’s sentiments, in reality the pressure will be as much on Namibia as Harambee Stars to collect at least a point in Windhoek or effectively forget about advancing to the final stage of the Brazil 2016 qualification process.

Stars will once again look to Dennis Oliech for goals. The Ligue One player was well marshaled by an essentially defensive-minded Malawi but may well find the space to exploit a home team that has talked of an all out attack.

Since the premature exit of McDonald Mariga, Kenya’s midfield has struggled to get a balance.

Mariga’s brother Victor Wanyama is well anchored in the department effectively played

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