Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko might have to part with Sh20 million if Harambee Stars qualify for the quarterfinals of the Africa Cup of Nations, set for June.
The flashy politician said he is ready to sell his beach property and even take a loan to honour that promise, further asserting that he is a man of his words as he has previously rewarded Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards and the national football team when they beat Ethiopia 3-0 in October 2018.
The Sh20 million might prove an uphill task for Sebastian Migne’s boys as they have been placed in the very tough Group C alongside West African powerhouses Senegal, North Africa’s Algeria and Tanzania.
Football pundits Kevin Teya and Dickson Mose, however, have some hope for Harambee Stars and have some tips on how the team can navigate their way through the group stages up to the finals, possibly.
Tough time for Stars
Teya predicts a tough time for the Stars against Senegal and Algeria but an easier one against Tanzania who he considers Kenya’s ‘equal’.
He further says they need to be at their best and shouldn’t lose to Algeria and Senegal by big margins and ensure that they get a win against neighbours Tanzania. This he says will propel Harambee Stars out of the group stages on the best losers basis.
Dickson Mose shares Teya’s sentiments but warns that the team should not underestimate their Tanzanian opponents.”Tanzania seems like our easiest fixture on paper, but they are equally a good side. They demonstrated that during the last qualification match when they beat Uganda 3-0. It is a tricky affair,” he said.
Mose asserts that Senegal is a strong side, probably the strongest in the group and with the likes of Liverpool star Sadio Mane and Kalidou Koulibaly, Kenya stands no chance. He advises the local boys to fight for a draw against Algeria and beat Tanzania and then hope for favourable results from other clashes in the group.
”’That’s the only way we could stand a chance of making it through from the stages. From there, we do stand a chance of making it from the stages and progressing to the quarters, semis or even finals,” he adds.