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Cameroon, Angola sound out Stars

NAIROBI, Kenya, October 17- After pushing South Africa to the limit in their 2-1 loss on Tuesday, Cameroon and Angola have expressed interest in fielding against Harambee Stars next month.

According to Football Kenya Federation (FKF) the pair are among a host of teams that have indicated interest to play against Henri Michel’s side during the next Fifa window between November 13 and 14.

“We have received requests from the two nations as well as other countries and we are considering their applications before making the final decision of which team we shall play.

“We will announce soon which country we have chosen since we want to maintain the momentum we saw against South Africa by improving the team through playing quality matches,” FKF secretary general, Lordvick Aduda told Capital Sport on Thursday.

Goals from Tekelo Rantie and Christopher Wekesa who put through to his own net saw Bafana coach Gordon Ingesund escape with his first away win since his appointment after captain Dennis Oliech pegged his team back from the spot.

Kenya beat Angola 2-1 at home before losing 1-0 in Luanda in the 2012 Africa Nations Cup qualifiers last year while Cameroon hit them 3-1 in 2010 in a friendly in Nairobi the last time the pair clashed.

Angola made it to South Africa 2013 while the Indomitable Lions were stunned by first timers Cape Verde during the final round of knock-out qualifiers last weekend.

Frenchman Michel who has taken Cameroon, Tunisia, Morocco and Ivory Coast to the World Cup, earned plaudits for his team’s display despite the loss to South Africa that got his reign off to a deflating start.

Debutants Wesley Kemboi, Francis Arita and Eugene Asike who started as well as Moses Arita and Ayub Timbe who came on after the break sparkled in the match where Bafana midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi who plies his trade in English side Crystal Palace won the man of the match award.

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After the match, Oliech urged his compatriots to give Michel the space to weave his expertise with the side itching to move up their lowly Fifa ranking of 128.

“I only trained with him for four days and I could see the experience he has from many years in Europe and Africa that we need to become a good team. The new boys he brought played well and we need to give him time,” the AJ Auxerre striker added.

Stars are preparing for their Africa Home Nations Championships qualifier against Burundi in December with entry in the regional CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup still in doubt due to conflicting dates with the continental event.

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