Harambee Stars to play DR Congo and Mali in friendlies

Harambee Stars players celebrate their victory over the Democratic Republic of Congo during a friendly international match in Kinshasa in 2016. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: Kenya’s Harambee Stars will play two international friendlies against Democratic Republic of Congo DRC and Mali during the March FIFA international break.

Confirming the development on Wednesday, Football Kenya Federation FKF president, Nick Mwendwa, said the matches are part of the team’s preparations for the 2019 African Cup of Nations AFCON qualifiers.

Harambee Stars will play host to DR Congo on 24th March before travelling to take on Mali a week later.

The 2019 AFCON qualifiers kick off in June where Kenya is paired with one of the continent’s giants in name of Ghana alongside Ethiopia and minnows Sierra Leone.

Elsewhere, local champions Tusker FC’s CAF Champions League opponents AS Port-Louis 2000 of Mauritania is expected to jet in on Thursday.

Tusker who returns to  continental football for the first time since 2013, will tackle the Mauritanian champions on Saturday at Kasarani Stadium, Nairobi, in the first leg of the preliminary stage of the competition.