Goal drought worries as Kenya turn focus to 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-05 19:36:04|Editor: mingmei
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NAIROBI, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) -- Kenya is worried over the lack of goals as national football team, Harambee Stars, moved to camp to start preparation of their 2021 Africa Cup of Nation qualifier campaign.

Head coach Francis Kimanzi has warned the team that it must play an attractive and offensive game to challenge for the two slots up for grabs in their pool, which also has giants Egypt, Togo and Cameroon. "We want all our players firing from all the cylinders. I have made some changes because we need to adjust how we play," said Kimanzi on Tuesday in Nairobi.

Only the best two teams will make the finals in 2021 in Cameroon.

Harambee Stars will open their campaign against Egypt away in Cairo on Nov. 14 before returning home to play Togo in Nairobi on Nov 19.

Kenya lost 1-0 to Mozambique and drew 1-1 with Uganda in Nairobi in the two friendly matches the coach has been in charge since taking over from Frenchman Sebastian Migne in August.

The two matches exposed Kenya's blunt striking force and Kimanzi is hopeful he has got the antidote to it. The coach has recalled John Avire back to the team to join Japan-based Michael Olunga (Kashiwa Reysol, Japan), Jesse Were (Zesco United, Zambia) and John Mark Makwatta.

"I have been in constant communication with Avire's teams. Even though he has not been playing, the information I get from him and his team are that he is in a good condition, otherwise, I would not even have considered him," said Kimanzi, "Avire has experience and I hope if he plays for us his fortunes will change."

The coach will also have the service of Ayub Timbe, who plies his trade at Beijing Renhe in the Chinese Super League.