AFCON-bound Kenya announce Gambia friendly

The Harambee Stars are set to face the Scorpions of The Gambia in an international friendly match next month in France.

The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) at the weekend announced securing two friendly matches for the Harambee Stars who are preparing their return to the Africa Cup of Nations and one of those opponents includes Gambia.

FKF supremo Nick Mwendwa confirmed that Kenya will play against another AFCON-bound team in Madagascar on June 7 before taking on the Gambia on June 15 in Paris.

“We have finally secured two friendly matches, one against the Gambia and the other against Madagascar. The two matches are now confirmed and will be played in France,” Mwendwa said in an interview.

“Gambia is a better opponent. They drew against Algeria in the qualifiers and they will also be camping in The Netherlands.”

The Gambia Football Federation (GFF) have meanwhile not yet announced any friendly plans but Gambia Sports understands that it has contacted players about a proposed training camp scheduled for a few days after the Muslim feast of Eid al-Fitr.

The two countries were scheduled to play a friendly in February 2018 in Morocco before the GFF withdrew their plans saying it “never agreed with either the Kenyan FF or any agent”.

It is however unclear who will lead the Scorpions should the friendly with Kenya go ahead in Paris as the contract of Belgian gaffer Tom Saintfiet is yet to be officially extended.

Kenya have been drawn in Group C at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, which kicks off on June 21 in Egypt. They will begin their campaign against Algeria before meeting Tanzania and Senegal as they look to reach the knockout stages.