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November 21, 2018

I believe Kenyans have what it takes to shock visiting Ghana before our home crowd

Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama. /FILE
Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama. /FILE
Kenya Vs Ghana 4pm
My Prediction: Harambee Stars...2 Black Stars...1
This game will take place at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani and I hope by now you are on your way to buy a ticket to go watch it. It’s been an interesting week leading up to this game with Coach Sebastien Migne juggling to find a side worthy of playing in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. Captain Victor Wanyama is missing and while he may not still be injured, he lacks match fitness since he hasn’t played competitively for about four months. However, this does provide a chance for great talent to find their way into the first team. Francis Kahata is there and so is Eric Johanna and Johanna Omollo. Up front is where I worry a little. While we have Michael Olunga, who is in great form, he is probably our only forward in the squad in such form. It will be a heavy task to rely only on him for goals. He can deliver and I am confident he will get at least one goal but we need quality striking cover on the bench. Jesse Were, however, will hopefully get a chance to finally prove himself on the international stage but the back up beyond that lacks a bit of experience. I am still pro-Stars guys and I’m hoping we can bang in many goals. Ghana boss Kwesi Appiah has weeded out many big names from the squad and no-one quite blames him. They failed to qualify for the World Cup and now he’s focusing on the next generation. Their biggest names are probably Inter Milan midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah and Atletico Madrid’s Thomes Teye Partey. Many Kenyans have dismissed Stars, saying we stand no chance against Ghana but I think they are struggling just as much as we are and this is the time to beat them. The 12th man has a huge role to play today though. On the pitch, I see us as equal but guys please make your voice heard today.
England Vs Spain Today, 10:45pm,
My Prediction: Three Lions...1 La Roja...3

First, I am still trying to wrap my head around the Nations Cup and the fact that Europe now have yet another tournament that will be played in place of international friendlies. I’ll swot the details and share that with you all on my social media. Now since everyone has a World Cup hangover, a lot of people will be putting their money on an outright England win simply because they reached the semi finals but you could be in for a great shock. Gareth Southgate is without key men Raheem Sterling and Adam Lallana and as pundits have said, never underestimate the power of Spain. Luis Enrique didn’t really have time to prepare his squad for the World Cup after former boss Julen Lopetegui was sacked at the 11th hour for announcing his move to Real Madrid three days to the Russia showpiece. Enrique has had a little more time with his talented squad and as analysts say, Spain really are stronger than all the teams England beat in Russia in the European summer. He will, however, lack the services of Diego Costa who has pulled out for personal reasons while serious talent like Andres Iniesta and David Silva have retired from international football but Spain still has talent for days. Wembley will be the venue for this game and even though the last tie between these two sides ended in a 2-2 draw, I think it will be a wake-up call for England that success doesn’t come that easy. Overconfidence will be their undoing.
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