Harambee Stars midfielder Abud Omar has revealed the team’s rigorous training program in France as they get set for Saturday’s friendly match against the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Coach Sébastien Migné has scheduled two training sessions each day, with early morning muscle activation sessions also in their program.

Abud, who was part of Stars’ starting lineup in their 1-0 friendly win over Madagascar, notes that this tough program is necessary for their physical and psychological preparation.

“Training has been very rigorous. AFCON will not be easy and the coach is preparing us both physically and psychologically for the challenge. We are putting in a lot and hopefully, we will get positive results,” said Omar.

He further noted that the team is ready for Saturday’s final pre-AFCON friendly match against DRC as well as the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Abud Omar

Abud Omar accosts Ovella Ochieng in one of Harambee Stars’ training sessions in France

Kenya has twice beaten DRC, home and away, and Abud notes that Saturday’s match will not be a walk in the park.

“We beat them away (1-0 on October 4, 2016, in Kinshasa) and they didn’t believe it. They came at home and we beat them again. (2-1 on March 26, 2019, in Machakos). I don’t think it was a fluke. Saturday’s match will be revenge. It won’t be easy for us, but it won’t also be easy for them,” said Abud.

The match is set to be played in Madrid, Spain as the team prepares to jet out to Egypt for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations, where Kenya has been pooled in Group C, alongside Algeria, Senegal, and Tanzania.

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