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Madaraka Day Black Stars date for Kenya


GHANA-TRAIN-2NAIROBI, Kenya, April 5- Harambee Stars are set for a Madaraka Day date with Ghana Black Stars in an international friendly five days ahead of their 2014 World Cup qualifier return tie against Nigeria Super Eagles.

According to Football Kenya Federation (FKF) chief, Sam Nyamweya, the proposed friendly was timely since the Black Stars will be in the country for build-up to their Brazil Mundial qualifier against Sudan in Khartoum.

Consequently, head coach Adel Amrouche is expected to reconvene the home side a fortnight to the re-scheduled qualifier against the Super Eagles with foreign based players led by captain Dennis Oliech expected in the country to face the Black Stars.

“It’s because of good show against Nigeria that our friends Ghana want to meet us in a friendly and many other countries had expressed interest,” Nyamweya said Friday.

The Black Stars are regular guests to Kenya whenever they are drawn to field against east and central Africa nations and they usually prefer to be based in Naivasha.

Nyamweya was speaking at Nyayo National Stadium where he presented Gor Mahia with Sh100,000 and five balls as motivation ahead of their CAF Confederations Cup clash against Egyptian side ENPPI on Saturday at the same venue.

“I know that you are capable of upsetting your opponents tomorrow. Set yourselves to win, win convincingly,” Nyamweya urged.

Amrouche’s side are anchored at the foot of Group F of the 2014 World Cup CAF qualifiers on two points despite their heroic 1-1 draw away to the Super Eagles in Calabar.

Thika United’s Francis Kahata scored the match-opener in the 38th minute from a free-kick before Namdiah Oduamadi levelled deep into stoppage time.

The Black Stars on the other hand strolled to a 3-0 at home against Sudan and will be camping in Nairobi ahead of the return leg set for Khartoum and are second in Group D on six points, one behind leaders Zambia.