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Stars sluggish build-up to continue Monday


NAIROBI, Kenya, October 28-The national football team Harambee Stars will resume training on Monday as they continue their build-up for the 2014 World Cup pre-qualifier against Seychelles.

Saturday’s Football Kenya elections have overshadowed preparations of the side that must beat the Islanders over two legs between November 12 and 15 to continue their interest in the race for the Brazil World Cup ticket.

The side coached by Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno broke camp on Thursday to allow the mostly locally based players in camp to feature for their clubs in weekend domestic league action.

James Situma, who features for Albanian side FC Tirana and George Odhiambo who plies his trade for South Africa’s Tanda Royal Zulu were the only foreign based players among the 16 that trained with the team this week.

Otieno said team that beat Kariobangi Sharks 3-0 on Wednesday in a build-up match would follow a similar training regime next week.

-By Gloria Kendi

“Once again, we shall have very few players and there is nothing much we can do about it so it will the same,” the coach who has expressed his dissatisfaction with the clog up in domestic fixtures lamented.

“Under the circumstances, we can only hope the best in Seychelles,” he added.

“The coach will have to turn to local the friendly matches to try out different formations of play to see how the players are responding to the training,” team manager Edward Oduor said.

The first match will be played in Seychelles on November 12 with the return three days later in Nairobi where the winner will join the Africa World Cup qualifying group that so far has Nigeria and Malawi with Djibouti and Namibia set to battle out for the other slot.

Monday’s Kenyan Premier League match featuring Gor Mahia and Chemelil as well as Wednesdays Football Kenya Limited Cup final between the former and Sofapaka FC saw the players of the affected sides miss national team training.