NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 14- The atmosphere at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani has turned electric as Kenya’s Harambee Stars prepares to face Ethiopia’s Walia Antelopes in a crucial 2019 African Cup of Nations Qualifier this evening.
With the government announcing free entrance for the titanic clash, the stadium is packed, almost four hours to kick off with fans expressing their optimism that Kenya will beat the Walias.
Thousands of fans started streaming into the stadium from as early as 9am with long ques witnessed outside as fans waited to be issued match admission tickets.
Among the fans include Capital FM Kenya Editorial Director Michael Mumo and News Editor Bernard Momanyi.
Stars need three points against Ethiopia who held them to a 0-0 draw in Bahir Dar last Wednesday to inch closer to a first AFCON appearance in 14 years.
Fans are optimistic the current team has what it takes to take Kenya to the promised land.
President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to attend to match that will kick off at 4pm.
Police have however been forced to lob teargas to disperse hundreds of supporters who tried to forcefully enter the stadium, which is already full.
For Kenyans who did not manage to get to the stadium, they took social media platforms to extend their goodwill to Harambee stars.
“Harambee Stars, I may not be at Kasarani Stadium today but I do wish u an emphatic win against Ethiopia,” @KBonimtetezi.
“Wow. It is more than 3 hours before the 4PM kickoff of #KenyaVsEthiopia match in the #AFCON2019Q and Kasarani Stadium is fully packed. The patriotism and the passion for Kenya is there. What is lacking is good management of Kenya sports affairs,” @Asmali77.