Afcon 2019 Kenya vs Madagascar friendly: preview, analysis, squad, time and venue

Afcon 2019 Kenya vs Madagascar friendly: preview, analysis, squad, time and venue

Kenya national football team Harambee Stars, will face Madagascar in their first friendly since pitching camp in France ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Egypt from June 21 to July 19.

Kenya coach Sebastien Migne's 27-man squad is in France for a three-week training camp that will see his squad cutdown to 23 men before they travel to Cairo for the Afcon finals.

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Kenya vs Madagascar: Everything you need to know ahead of Afcon friendly
Kenya coach Sebastien Migne 27-man squad is in France for a three-week training camp that will be cutdown to 23 before traveling to Cairo for the Afcon finals. Nation.
Source: UGC

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Speaking to Goal while in France, Migne told reporters he was confident that he was building a dependable team for Afcon insisting the friendlies were an ideal opportunity for players to prove themselves.

"I think now step by step we are building something good for the Afcon but before that, we have to friendly matches against Madagascar and DR Congo and remember I am waiting for some answers for some players in camp before I give my final list of 23 players," Migne said.

Harambee Stars are in Group C alongside Senegal, Algeria and Tanzania.

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Migne has fielded an exceptionally strong squad to tackle Madagascar's Barea.

With Kenya boasting a reliable defence spearheaded by goalkeeper Patrick Matasi the Kenya coach has opted four a solid back four defensive line charged by Musa Mohamed.

Musa will be backed by Philemon Otieno, Abud Omar and Brian Mandela.

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The Stars only conceded a goal against African heavyweights the Black Stars of Ghana, in both Afcon qualifier fixtures, as well as recording clean sheets over Ethiopia in both ties to qualify.

Victor Wanyama will not only be captain but also play a key role in Migne's tactics.

We are likely to see the Tottenham midfielder play the double pivot role alongside Dennis Odhiambo.

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The two will assists in locking out threats and creating space to initiate penetrative attacks especially on the counter.

Masoud Juma and Michael Olunga are the two natural strikers in Migne's squad and will be the target men in front of goal.

However, Migne will possibly line up his formation to allow more dominance and versatility in the midfield.

Following Olunga's match fitness concerns, John Avire will lead the attacking line and will be backed by Ayub timbe and Eric Johanna and Gor's Francis Kahata.

Wingplay will be utilised in the heart of most attacks therefore expect to see the bulk of Harambee Stars movement forward involving Ayub timbe and Eric Johanna's pace.

Newbie Christopher Mbamba will be hoping to make his international debut for Kenya and the Sweden-based IK Oddevold forward is eager to represent his nation.

Time and venue

The first of Kenya's friendly fixtures will kickoff at 9pm East African Time at the Stade Robert-Robin in Paris.

Starting XI

Patrick Matasi

Philemon Otieno, Abud Omar, Brian Mandela, Musa Mohamed

Victor Wanyama, Dennis Odhiambo, Eric Johanna, Ayub Timbe, Francis Kahata

John Avire


John Oyemba, Faruk Shikalo, Joash Onyango, Joseph Okumu, David Owino, Bernard Ochieng, Eric Ouma, Anthony Akumu, Ismael Gonzalez, Ovella Ochieng, Paul were, Clifton Miheso, Johanna Omollo, Masud Juma, Christopher Mbamba, Michael Olunga

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