History and form make them the odds-on favourites but Kenya are not taking things for granted ahead of tomorrow's Pepsi ICC Africa World Cricket League Division 1 showdown in Uganda.
Kenya will be competing with hosts Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria and Botswana for the two slots at the global qualifiers ahead of 2014 World Cup. Kenya stands shoulder above the other four teams taking part in the six-day event.
The sheer weight of having experienced cricketers in the region like Collins Obuya, Alex Obanda, Tanmay Mishra and Rakep Patel along with top performers like Nehemiah Odhiambo and Hiren Varaiya in their ranks tilts the scale heavily in favour of the five-time World Cup finalists.
On paper, Nigeria, Tanzania and Botswana enter the event us underdogs but shouldn't be a reason to underrate them."I am very happy with the way things have gone for us. From struggling in the global qualifiers in Dubai last year to this event, where we need to start again. All this teams are here to compete and we can't underestimate any," said captain Collins Obuya.
"It's a one-off tournament and we need to be at our best. Looking forward to the tournament," said the all rounder. Obanda, said that it was very important for his team to get off to a flying start.
"It's a very big event for us. We would like to get a good start and put in the best effort," Obanda who can destroy any bowling attack with his ruthless approach on the bowlers, said the key against their opponents would be to score heavily and put them under pressure.
"In Twenty20, you always need to score big runs and then put pressure to ensure the opponent doesn't take off," he said.Kenya will miss key players including Duncan Allan and Shem Obado. The two were outstanding when Kenya played in Dubai last year.