Preparation is Key, Says Put As Stars Await Ghana

Harambee Stars head coach Paul Put has revealed that he is looking towards adequate preparation as the East African country gets ready to face Ghana in the 2019 CAF African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The Belgian guided Stars to cup glory in the just concluded CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup after edging Zanzibar 3-2 in post-match penalties in the finals. He has now shifted focus to the team’s second Group B match where they are set to take on West African giants Ghana in  the weekend of 3-11 September 2018.

According to Put, Stars will have a two-week camp set up in June where they will be involved in two friendlies as part of preparations. Kenya will be eager to record victory against Ghana to keep their qualification hopes alive, having lost 2-1 to Sierra Leone in their opening Group B fixture.

“We are going to organise those friendlies to give me an opportunity to know the foreign-based players too, as we prepare for the match against Ghana,” said coach Put.

“Even for the local players the job is not done, I will follow them by watching the local league. We need a very balanced team.

“Playing Ghana is not easy, you have to know you are playing one of the biggest nations in football, so I have to say preparation will be key for us.

“We are going to have two more matches in June, preferably in a camp set up for one or two weeks depending on when the foreign-based players break in May.”


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