Kenya National team head coach Sebastian Migne is keen that his side will go past the group stages of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations that starts on June 21st in Egypt.
The Harambee Stars are making a return to the competition after 15 years of absence and the French tactician is eager to lead them to the quarterfinals.
The Kenya National team is currently camping in Paris, France from where they will join the rest of the 23 Africa’s finest footballing Nations for AFCON in Egypt.
“We have tough teams, Algeria and Senegal. They have been to the World Cup but this is our perfect opportunity to prove to the critics that we have improved and deserved our spot in the tournament,” Migne said on Monday before adding.
“We have not come to Paris and later travel to Egypt to be tourists there, we shall mean business because we all know how important it is for us to qualify for the knockout stages.”
“We don’t care about the pyramids, but what we want is to qualify and continue the journey through the group stages,” he added.
The 46-year-old French Tactician also tips Tanzania to give them hard time but he is sure that the Harambee Stars will be able to overcome the Taifa Stars in the East African Derby.
“It will be a fantastic Derby against Tanzania, maybe really important to determine our potential for qualification, we will try our best of course to qualify,” he further noted.
Kenya is pooled in in Group C alongside Senegal, Algeria and Tanzania, and will play their first match against Algeria on June 23rd.
The 2019 edition is the Harambee Stars’ sixth appearance in the most Prestigious football tournament in Africa, they have previously played in the 1972,1988,1990,1992 and 2004 editions.
However, their first win of the tournament came in the 2004 AFCON that was held in Tunisia with a 3-2 victory against Burkina Faso and their ultimate target this time around is to reach the quarterfinals.
Harambee Stars provisional squad: Patrick Matasi (GK), Philemon Otieno, Abud Omar, Musa Mohammed, Victor Wanyama, Dennis Odhiambo, Erick Johanna, Ayub Timbe, Francis Kahata, John Avire, John Oyemba (GK), Faruk Shikalo (GK), Joash Onyango, Joseph Okumu, David Owino, Bernard Ochieng, Eric Ouma, Anthony Akumu, Ismael Gonzalez, Ovella Ochieng, Paul Were, Cliffton Miheso, Johanna Omollo, Masud Juma, Christopher Mbamba, Michael Olunga