World Cup Qualifiers: Harambee Stars to open campaign against Uganda in ‘Derby de Migingo’

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Both Kenya and Cranes hope to make amends after missing the Afcon finals.

Harambee Stars will kick off their campaign to Qatar in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers with a home game against rivals Uganda.

The two neighbors will meet in the ‘Derby de Migingo’ on June 5 or 6 in Kasarani. Cranes and Kenya were brought together in Group E of the qualifying rounds alongside West African giants Mali and Rwanda, as well as the top team qualifying for the third qualifying round.

The second match of the charges led by Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee will be in Rwanda on the 12th or 13th of the same month.

The East Africans will have to wait until September 3-4 to make a trip to West Africa to play Mali.

Kenya hopes to have a better campaign after failing to reach Cameroon in the final of the African Cup of Nations. In Group G, Kenya finished third with seven points, while Egypt and Comoros reached the final.

The Pharaohs had 13 points from the six games played with the islanders managing nine. Togo finished at the end of the group with two points.

Mulee had initially told Goal that the Harambee Stars would take every game seriously with the goal of defying the odds and finishing at the top of the group.

“Regarding the qualifiers for the World Cup, we cannot rely on the FIFA rankings; Mali is a good team, the same with Uganda and we all know that Rwanda is doing well,” said the strategist.

“All of our opponents were part of the African Nations Championship, but looking at our team, the players are hungry for success and it will play a critical role in helping us perform better.”

“We will create a stronger team with the players who are playing abroad.”

The veteran strategist is currently very confident given Afcon’s recent playoff results. Despite being in the process of rebuilding the team, Kenya managed to hold the Pharaohs to a 1-1 draw in Nairobi before defeating Togo 2-1 on the road.

Harambee Stars Schedule

Kenya vs Uganda – June 5/6

Rwanda vs Kenya – June 12/13

Mali vs Kenya – September 3-4

Kenya vs Mali – September 6/7

Uganda vs Kenya – October 6/7

Kenya vs Rwanda – October 11/12

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