Harambee Stars to Kick Off World Cup 2022 Qualification Quest with Famous Migingo Derby
- Harambee Stars will now shift focus from AFCON to World Cup qualification
- They begin their qualification campaign with a tricky fixture against a wounded Uganda side
- Kenya has been placed in the same group as Mali, Uganda and Rwanda
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The Harambee Stars will shift their focus to World Cup 2022 qualifiers as their fixtures were released on Thursday, April 1.
Stars will kick off their World Cup qualifying quest with an interesting fixture against Uganda on either June 5 or 6.
The two nations will hope to make amends in the famous Migingo derby after both sides failed to qualify for AFCON.
Uganda Cranes suffered a 1-0 defeat against Malawi at the Kamuzu Stadium in Lilongwe, which ultimately ended their hopes for a third consecutive ticket to the AFCON finals as they finished third in Group B with eight points.
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Kenya suffered a similar fate despite a spirited final qualifying match against Togo, the 2-1 win proved to be too little too late as Egypt and Comoros had already qualified in their respective group.
Back to World Cup qualifiers and Kenya has been pooled in Group E along with Uganda and West African giants Mali and Rwanda.
Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee’s second game in the qualifier will see his Harambee Stars side play away against Rwanda either on June 12 or 13.
After that game, Kenya will have to wait until September for their next fixture where they will travel to West Africa to face Mali.
The full fixture list is as follows:
Kenya vs Uganda - 5th/6th June
Rwanda vs Kenya - 12th/13th June
Mali vs Kenya - 3rd/4th Sept.
Kenya vs Mali - 6th/7th Sept.
Uganda vs Kenya - 6th/7th Oct.
Kenya vs Rwanda - 11th/12th Oct.
Kenya will be hoping for a much more positive showing after their disappointment in the Africa Cup of Nations.
As far as Mulee’s future with the national side is concerned, the manager, who is in his second stint at the helm, is set to stay for the long term.
Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa admitted he was impressed with Ghost Mulee's tenure thus far, suggesting there are no plans to get rid of him.
“I don’t want to put the cart before the horse, but if you look at our results [since Mulee took over], you can answer that question of whether he deserves to continue as the coach or not, but as FKF, we are happy with his job and what he is doing,” Mwendwa told Goal.
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