Olympics Qualifiers: Emerging Stars eye Mauritius scalp

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Emerging Stars players wait to check into the airport as they departed to Mauritius for their second leg match
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The Kenya U23 national football team is set to take on Mauritius on Sunday, November 18, 2018, at the at the Anjalay Stadium in Belle Vue, Mauritius, starting 2 pm EAT, in the second leg of their Africa U23 Cup of Nations Qualifier.

The team jetted out to the Island nation on Friday, with coach Francis Kimanzi noting that their resounding 5-0 win in the first leg was behind them, and that the team was fully focused on picking yet another positive result in Mauritius.

“Wednesday’s result is history. Of course, we had a good day in office and it was important that we won at home, but we are upbeat that the players are motivated enough to replicate that performance in the return leg,” said coach Kimanzi.

Further, the Emerging Stars tactician hinted that he will field a strong side against Mauritius in his quest to mint out yet another positive result.

“We cannot underestimate our opponents in spite of the huge goal margin we carry from the first leg. We can’t also gift players a chance in the national team. They have to fight for their place and we will choose the best we have in camp for Sunday’s match,” noted the Emerging Stars coach.

The match is set to kick off at 2 pm EAT, with the winner set to face off with either of Sudan or Seychelles in the second round, set to be played in March next year.

A third round, against the aggregate winner between Nigeria and Libya, is also in line, and will determine which team graces the 2019 Africa U23 Cup of Nations in Egypt. The top three teams from the junior continental showpiece will gain automatic qualification to the 2020 Olympics in Japan.

Also Read: Emerging Stars jet out ahead of Mauritius second leg


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