NAIROBI, Kenya- Harambee Stars head coach Francis Kimanzi believes Kenya’s draw for the
2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers is tough, but something that his side are very
capable of doing.
Harambee Stars were drawn in Pool E alongside neighbors
Rwanda, Uganda and West African side Mali for the first phase of qualification,
which kicks off in March.
Kenya has never qualified for the World Cup, but the
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has constantly made it clear that it is a goal
that they will strive to achieve.
“To be honest I believe it is a fair group for us. It is
tough, but doable. We know Uganda very well and Mali as well we saw them at the
Cup of Nations in Egypt.
“Rwanda is also another tough side. This will be a closely
contested group but I believe if we get our act right, we can get something out
of the fixtures,” the former Mathare United FC tactician stated.
The qualifiers are set to kick off in March and will run
back to back alongside the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, which were brought back
after the change in calendar to allow Cameroon host the showpiece in
Kmanzi is no stranger to the outcome of playing back to back
matches but he believes he has put together a strong and deep squad for all the
“We have been working to get a big squad because we knew
this year was going to be heavy on us and I am happy with what we have so far.
“We now only need to plan and prepare well for every game
and take each match at a time,” Kimanzi added.
The winners of each of the 10 groups will advance to the
final play-off round where the teams will be drawn against each other to get
the final five to represent Africa in Qatar in 2022.