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Wanyama in AFCON qualifying action

Victor Wanyama in action for Kenya

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16:50 18th March 2016

Victor Wanyma will lead Kenya in their forthcoming matches against Guinea Bissau as part of qualification for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

Wanyama, who makes his return to first team action with Saints this weekend after a five match suspension, will fly out to Guinea Bissau on Monday and face them at the Estadio 24 De Setembro on Wednesday with a 7pm EAT kick-off time.

Harambee Stars coach Stanley Okumbi says the national side has no option but win remaining matches in order to stand a chance of taking part in African Cup of Nations finals.

After playing out a 1-1 draw away to Congo, Kenya fell to Zambia 2-1 at home and as a result have just one point so far. Okumbi however, feels the side will be up to the task and will claim maximum points in the remaining matches in order to finish top of the group and qualify for the continental’s showdown for the first time since 2004.

“I believe in early preparations, and that is what we have done as a team. The match against Guinea Bissau will be very important. We need to win it and return on the right track, and the team is keen to get those maximum points. It is very possible and that is why we are here preparing for the match, being away is not a problem.

“To stand a chance to qualify for the African Cup of Nations we have to win our remaining matches and ensure we do not slip.”

After that game Kenya will then play host to Guinea Bissau on Sunday 27th March at the Moi International Sports Centre in Nairobi.

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