27 November 2012

Kenya/Uganda: Stars Turn to Baraza for Do-or-Die Clash

Veteran forward Mike Baraza will spear head the Harambee Stars attack when they take on Southern Sudan in their do-or-die second CECAFA Tusker Cup match in Kampala Tuesday.

Nandwa, the Under 23 coach who has been tasked to lead Kenya at the annual regional showpiece is seeking to avoid the ignominy of defeat that would lead to a catastrophic exit from the competition and has duly promised his side will emerge all guns blazing.

"We aim to score two or three goals because we have the intentions to remain in the tournament in this edition," Nandwa told SuperSport.

Baraza, the AFC Leopards top scorer will be main target man with Tusker FC winger, Paul Were starting instead of Clifton Miheso.

Gor forward, Rama Salim will also be benched alongside Bernard Mang'oli as Stars seek to recover from their 1-0 opening loss to Uganda on Saturday.

This is the first tournament for the new Southern Sudan nation and they are also seeking a first win since they went 1-0 to Ethiopia in the opener.

"They are a slow side and solid at the back and we have to be careful when playing them since they can take advantage if we go too far forward," Nandwa said of his opponents.

He aims to deploy Sofapaka utility midfield man, Humphrey Mieno just behind Baraza in a bid to take advantage of his ability to net from the middle of the pack.

Kenya crashed out at the group stages last year after losing their opener 2-0 to Malawi, beating Ethiopia by the same score line before being stopped 1-0 by Sudan.

Elsewhere in Group A, host Uganda and 2013 Nations Cup bound Ethiopia will seal their qualification to the semis with victory in the second match of the day.

On Monday, Eritrea and Zanzibar played to a 0-0 stalemate with Rwanda taking charge of Group D with a polished 2-0 victory over Malawi to underline their favourite status.

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