The Star (Nairobi)

18 October 2012

Kenya: Nyamweya Promises High Profile Matches Ahead of Cup Qualifier

Football Kenya Federation have promised to organise more high profile friendly matches in the build up to next year's 2014 World Cup qualifier against Nigeria.

The federation chairman Sam Nyamweya said his office was determined to ensure that Henry Michel and his team are successful in their endeavours.

"I can promise all Kenyan that as a federation, we are working round the clock to ensure our national team is at their best before they play Nigeria in the World Cup qualifier," stated Nyamweya.

"The boys played very well against South Africa on Tuesday and that gives us confidence that with better preparations, we will do well," he noted.

The FKF supremo said already, they have received friendly request form the Angola federation as well as others from Cameroon and Zambia.

"We are very serious about improving the standards of the game here in Kenya and that is why we are working very closely with KPL to ensure even our league is at its best.

Yesterday, Stars used a majority of players from our local league and they held their own against more experienced players," he said.

The 2-1 defeat at the hands of Bafana Bafana will have a downward impact on the country's FIFA ranking but Nyamweya and many pundits agreed that such high profile matches will work in Kenya's favour eventually.

Stars next assignment is the African Nations championships match against Burundi in December. Prior to that, the home-based players will feature in the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup subject to confirmation by FKF.

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