Daggers drawn as Harambee Stars, Chipolopolo clash at Nyayo today

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The Zambian national men’s soccer team Chipolopolo jetted in the country on Thursday night ahead of Friday’s friendly match against Kenya’s Harambee Stars.

The 2012 African Cup of Nations winners toured the Nyayo National Stadium on Friday morning to have a feel of the turf ahead of the afternoon showdown.

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Zambia’s Chipolopolo had a feel of Nyayo stadium Friday morning ahead of the afternoon tie. PHOTO/COURTESY

The Kenyan lads held their final training session at the stadium under the guidance of head coach Francis Kimanzi who is upbeat ahead of the international fixture.

“We are treating this match like any other match because it is a match that will give us a lot of homework going forward,” Kimanzi revealed.

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Harambee Stars hope to use the international friendly as a preparation for their upcoming back to back Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Comoros in November. PHOTO/COURTESY

Left back Clarke Oduor who plies his trade English second tier side Barnsley FC who earned his maiden call up to the Kenyan national team is eying a starting berth.

“It was a good training session. It was my first and quite intense. For me it is a massive achievement almost. Hopefully I can get myself a cap,” noted the 21-year old Oduor shortly after Thursday’s training session.

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Barnsley FC left back Clarke Oduor who as last to join the squad in camp eyes a first cap. PHOTO/COURTESY

His Elfsborg counterpart Joseph Okumu is however yet to team up with the team.

No single fan will be allowed in Nyayo stadium in bid to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“The covid-19 protocols have well been observed. The players have taken the tests; they have been kept away from interactions. That is why we will have no fan in the stadium,” Football Kenya President Nick Mwendwa offered.

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