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Why Kenya shun Super Eagles friendly

Kenya Coach, Sebastian Migne has explained his decision to pass on the opportunity of playing against Nigeria and Tunisia in international friendlies ahead of the African Nations Cup.

Kenya qualified to compete at the 24-nation biannual sporting showpiece in Egypt for the first time in 15 years and the government has since facilitated a three-week camp in Paris for the squad to fine tune.

According to Kenya News, Football Kenya Federation president, Nick Mwendwa has repeatedly confirmed his team is working round the clock to secure the team high-level build-up games. But Frenchman Migne is seemingly not keen on Tunisia and Nigeria.

“Playing away in Abuja or Tunis with the probability of a heavy defeat just before the tournament starts may not help the team’s confidence,” Kenya News reports.

“Then the proposed dates for these matches are too close to the tournament and there is that possibility of getting injuries. You also have to factor in the weather.”

It reported that the Harambee Stars could however face Madagascar, Uganda or Cote d’Ivoire in France, with Migne expected to name his 30-man squad for the French camp this week.

The tournament kicks off in Cairo on June 21.

About Ayeni Wale

Olawale Ayeni, is a Media and Communication Arts, Masters in view fellow, a graduate of Theatre Arts from the University of Abuja respectively, has been in journalism right from his school days. He was a sports broadcaster with Osun state Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC). He was Sports Editor, Daily Stream Newspaper before joining Leadership Newspaper as Sports Correspondent. A lover of grassroots sports development and golf. A strong support of Arsenal FC.

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