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Getting ready for Maputo

NAIROBI, Kenya, August 31- Harambee Stars preparations for their return leg against Mozambique are gathering pace as the foreign based players started trickling into camp.STARSThe strike duo of Dennis Oliech and Allan Wanga arrived on Monday morning with the rest of the foreign legion expected to report on Tuesday.

“Most of the players are traveling today (Monday) and will be arriving in camp throughout the whole of Tuesday,” said Stars team manager Edward Oduor.

Oliech and Wanga are part of the 12 foreign players called up to Kasarani as the players hope to earn another feather in their cap in the quest to qualify for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations.

Parma’s Macdonald Mariga, his younger brother Victor Mugabe, former captain Robert Mambo and Patrick Oboya are the other players expected to feature in the crunch match.

Antoine Hey’s side will hold their morning sessions at City Stadium and their afternoon workouts will be at Kasarani behind closed doors.

The team will then depart for Maputo on Friday at 7.35 a.m. ahead of their match on Saturday with kickoff scheduled for 4 p.m. Kenyan time.

Last week, the Stars embarked on a forgettable tour of the Middle East where they lost 2-1 to Bahrain on Wednesday and had their second match against Iran cancelled.

A fortnight earlier, the team traveled to Asia where they played out a barren draw against the Malaysian under 23 side.

Stars have a mathematical chance of making it to the FIFA World Cup in South Africa and are currently third on the Group B standings with three points after their 2-1 victory over the Mambas in June.

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A win for Stars will certainly boost their chances of making it to their second Nations Cup in seven years.

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