Kenyan men’s national football team, commonly known as Harambee stars have been nominated by the Confederation of African football for the team of the year awards. The team is on the verge of gaining qualification to the 2019 African cup of nations. They have not qualified for the competition since 2004. they currently sit on top of Group F with seven points one point above the former cup champions Ghana.
The team earned the rare nomination due to their good performance in the African cup of Nations qualifiers. The team has two wins; one against Ghana and one against Ethiopia. Both wins were acquired at the moi kasarani sports stadium. The team has one draw against Ethiopia and one loss against suspended Sierra Leone. The team has a total of seven points. The team only require one point to mathematically qualify which they aim to achieve that as they face Ghana for the away leg
The team has been nominated alongside; Mauritania, Uganda, Guinea Bissau, Madagascar, and Zimbabwe. The team was supposed to face Sierra Leone in their group but the fixture was canceled by CAF following their suspension by the world football governing body FIFA. The team is headed by their captain Victor Wanyama who plays for Tottenham in England. The team is under Sebastian Migne who is their coach for less than a year and is assisted by Francis Kimanzi who is in charge of Mathare football club and is also the under 23 coach.
The Sierra Leone situation is yet to be resolved and the Kenyan men’s team could earn the cup of nation’s qualification if Sierra Leone’s situation is not determined by the qualifiers to end in March next year. Due to the Sierra Leone ban, they have not played a total of three matches, one against Kenya’s Harambee Stars and the two legs against Ghana.
Their fate lies with the CAF delegates who have to discuss the way forward. If they were to be restored in the qualifier they would have to play a total of four matches in order for them to have a chance to have a chance to compete in the competition.