Harambee Stars head coach Francis Kimanzi has downplayed a possible revenge on Taifa Stars of Tanzania as the two sides clash on Sunday in the 2019 CECAFA Senior Championships in Uganda.
Tanzania inflicted a painful 5-4 penalty shootouts defeat on Harambee Stars after a barren draw at Kasarani back in August and consequently knocked the then Sebastiene Migne-coached side out of the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers, but Kimanzi insists their group B opening match will not be the best platform to unleash their claws.
“The group stage match against them (Tanzania) is not that big. Our focus is on the quarters, semis or finals with them,” he offered to yours truly.
The former Mathare United tactician who is in his third stint at the helm of the national team says his troops will not be taking any hostages at the tournament.
“When you are the defending champions, you must emulate those that came before you and fought tooth-and-nail to bring home the trophy. We cannot take the fete lightly. So we must do your best and even better the performance,” he opined.
The regional showpiece that kicks off on Saturday in Uganda, will only feature nine teams pooled in two groups, after the withdrawal of Ethiopia, South Sudan and invitees DR Congo, in what is now seemingly a setback for the organizers.
Group A: Somalia Uganda, Djibouti, Eritrea, Burundi
Group B: Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Sudan
The top two teams in each group will advance to the semi-finals of the tourney that comes to a close on December 19, 2019.
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