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Stars start Guinea preparations

NAIROBI, September 29 – All local based players reported to Harambee Stars camp at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on Monday to prepare for their final group two 2010 World Cup qualifier against Guinea.

The team will be in camp for three days before taking a break on Friday to allow the players to represent their clubs in this weekend’s Kenya Premier League (KPL) matches before reassembling on October 6.

Stars’ foreign based players are expected to link up with the rest of the squad in the course of next week as preparations for the Conakry encounter gathers pace.

The team is expected to depart for West Africa on October 9 where they will make a stop over in Mali before moving on to Guinea where they will face their hosts three days later.

Stars are through to the next round of qualifiers after three wins, a loss and a draw which has catapulted them to top of Group B with 10 points followed by the Syli Nationale with eight.

Stars tactician Francis Kimanzi had scheduled the camp to begin last Monday only to be instructed by KPL top brass to postpone it by a week to the chagrin of Kenya Football Federation (KFF) officials.

The camp is being held against the backdrop of a protracted war of words within the KPL/KFF Management Board over who has final say over the national side’s activities.

KFF vice chairman Titus Kasuve stated last week that the KPL had overstepped its mandate in the running of the Stars.

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In a swift rejoinder, KPL chairman Bob Munro said that they he is looking forward to the culmination of their contract with the game’s national governing body next month after what he described as “backstabbing from partners.”

Both parties have been working in tandem since May after the cash strapped KFF requested KPL to handle the running of the national team.

Since KPL took over, Stars registered two home wins against Guinea and Namibia and a draw against Zimbabwe.

Last week, they announced a revenue collection Sh12 million from the Kenya versus Namibia match coupled with a Sh4 million profit.

Earlier this month, the Kenya Government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports announced that they will cater for the Guinean fixture to the tune of Sh8.2 million.

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