Published: October 08, 2019
Source: Xinhua| 2019-10-09 02:15:14|Editor: yan
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NAIROBI, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- Kenya has canceled a planned soccer friendly match against Libya, which was to be played in Tripoli on Friday.
Barry Otieno, the acting general secretary and chief executive officer of the Football Federation of Kenya (FKF), said here on Tuesday that their host had opted to move the match back to Monday which would have spoiled Harambee Stars plans.
This forced new Harambee Stars head coach Francis Kimanzi to cancel their planned travel and instead focus on playing their next rivals Mozambique in Nairobi.
"We had confirmed the friendly against Libya for October 11, but they sent in a letter asking us to instead travel early to Tripoli. They wanted the match played on October 7. That brought logistic problems on our side and we had no choice but to cancel it," said Otieno.
The cancellation has also affected Kenya's planned international friendly with Mozambique. The match, initially scheduled for October 15, will now be played on Sunday in Nairobi.
"We will play Mozambique in Nairobi on Sunday. Both teams have agreed to the new dates," said Otieno.
Kenya is sharpening its team ahead of the start of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers, which Harambee Stars starts in Cairo, Egypt.
Kenya is pooled alongside Egypt, Togo, and Comoros in the qualifiers.
A total of 48 teams, including hosts Cameroon, have been split into 12 groups each consisting of four teams, with two teams from each group progressing to the finals, which will be held in 2021 in Cameroon.
In September, Kenya was forced to a 1-1 draw in Nairobi against the Uganda Cranes in their first match after the resignation of French coach Sebastian Migne following a poor show at the 2019 AFCON in Egypt. source