The Kenya national football team, Harambee Stars, is set to face Tanzania in the first round of the 2020 Africa Nations Championships Qualifiers, set to be played this month.
Having been scheduled to face Burundi in fixtures released by the Confederation of African Football early this year, Kenya now has a new opponent in the Taifa Stars following CAF’s decision to include Djibouti and tournament hosts Ethiopia in the qualification phase.
In the re-done draw, Harambee Stars will travel to Tanzania for the first leg set to be played between July 26 and July 28, with the second leg set to be played in Nairobi between August 2, and August 4, 2019.
The aggregate winner of the two-legged qualifier will face off with either Ethiopia or Djibouti in the second and final qualifying round, to be played on a date set to be announced in due course.
The final tournament, reserved for players actively featuring in their respective national championships, has been scheduled for January 2020 in Ethiopia.
Kenya’s re-match against Tanzania comes after the Harambee Stars came out 3-2 victors in their Africa Cup of Nations Group C match played on June 27, 2019, at the 30 June Stadium in Cairo, Egypt.
The win consequently boosted Stars’ chances of earning a place in the round of 16 of the continent’s premier national competition ahead of their final group match against Senegal, set to be played on July 1, 2019.
“We know it will be difficult playing against the number one country in Africa (FIFA Rankings). But it was difficult as well when we came up against Ghana during qualification and we won. We can do it,” said coach Sébastien Migné