The Star (Nairobi)

6 November 2012

Kenya/Tanzania: Tanzania's Taifa Stars to Play Kenya On Nov 14

Harambee Stars will now play Tanzania's Taifa Stars on November 14. This will be the second friendly Stars are playing after South Africa last month where they lost 2-1 at Nairobi's Nyayo stadium.

The venue for the friendly is yet to be announced. Tanzania have been Football Kenya Federation chairman Sam Nyamweya confirmed the friendly match after earlier reports had indicated Stars would play South Sudan.

"We can confirm we will be facing Tanzania on November 14 in either Mwanza or Dar es Salaam. This follows a fruitful meeting with Tanzania Football Federation chairman Leodegar Tenga two weeks ago," said Nyamweya.

Both sides will be using the match to improve FIFA rankings after missing out on the Africa Cup Of Nations next year in South Africa. The match will fall under the Fifa matchday calendar and will provide Kenya coach Henri Michel an opportunity to test his players ahead of the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup and Africa Nations (CHAN) Cup qualifiers against Burundi. Stars have been lined up to play Libya in February .

Nyamweya said the federation was taking the friendly matches seriously in order to boost Stars rankings and make them competitive on the world stage. "We are looking to play very strong sides and ensure Stars can qualify for the World Cup in Brazil in 2014," Nyamweya said.

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