The first Match of any Tournament competition is the most important fixture each team plays as a win not only gives you three vital points but also lifts the mood of the entire team, and fans. It is exactly why Harambee Stars meeting with Algerian this Sunday in the African Cup Of Nations is the most crucial test for Sebastian Migne’s boys.
The East African derby clash with Taifa Stars of Tanzania 4 days later will arouse excitement for obvious reasons but taming the Desert Foxes is just as important. Should Harambee Stars get a result against the North Africans, momentum going into the clash with Tanzania will be high.
A positive outing against Algeria coupled with a loss for Tanzania in their match against Senegal would mean that Harambee Stars would be a win away from knocking out their East African neighbors out of the competition. That in itself would present a very huge return for the team back home.
Furthermore, a good result would rejuvenate the Kenyan football fanbase which for the past few years has not been entertained by their team. It would send shockwaves across the continent and unite the country behind their team.
The team landed safely in Cairo during the early hours of Wednesday morning and are fully aware of the importance of the match. Coming up against the likes of Riyad Mahrez , Yacine Brahimi and Islam Slimani is not expected to be a walk in the park but in football, anything is possible.
A win and Sebastian Migne and his team will be 3 points away from a knockout round berth. A draw may not always mean much but against one of the teams tipped to be in the latter stages of the competition? It should mean a lot! The whole staff has already been paid their bonuses eliminating any chances of the team downing their tools, a common theme in Kenyan football.
Let’s hope the boys can pull a surprise!