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Harambee Stars to host Afcon qualifiers at Nyayo Stadium

FKF disclosed they would apply for a temporary license from the Confederation of African Football (Caf) to use Nyayo stadium.

In Summary

• Mwendwa expressed hope that the government will complete the sports facility in good time.

• Kenya will kick off their 2025 Africa Cup of Nations qualification campaign against the Warriors of Zimbabwe at the Nyayo stadium on September 2.

Murushid Juuko of Uganda Cranes challenges Harambee Stars striker Michael Olunga in a past match
Murushid Juuko of Uganda Cranes challenges Harambee Stars striker Michael Olunga in a past match
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The men's national football team Harambee Stars will likely play their home matches at Nyayo Stadium during the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign.

Football Kenya Federation (FKF)  president Nick Mwendwa said they would work tirelessly to get around a repeat of June when the Engin Firat charges were forced to play their matches in Malawi during the 2026 World Cup qualifiers.

Harambee Stars settled scores with Burundi and Ivory Coast at the Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe, Malawi owing to a dearth of a Fifa-approved stadium in the country.

In an interview, the FKF honcho disclosed that they would apply for a temporary license from the Confederation of African Football (Caf) to use Nyayo Stadium for the Stars' home matches in the two-legged qualifiers.

“We are in the process of applying for a provisional license this month and I'm certain it will be granted," Mwendwa remarked.

Mwendwa expressed hope that the government will complete the sports facility in good time.

"I want to promise Kenyans that if the minister finishes the work, we shall host the Afcon qualifiers in the country,” he added.

Kenya will kick off their 2025 Africa Cup of Nations qualification campaign against the Warriors of Zimbabwe at the Nyayo stadium on September 2.

Harambee Stars' next match will be against Namibia in Windhoek on September 10.

This will be followed by a two-legged duel pitting the East African nation against Cameroon in Yaounde on October 7 before the reverse fixture in Nairobi on October 15.

Harambee Stars will conclude their campaign against Zimbabwe in Harare on November 11 before flexing muscles with Namibia in Nairobi on November 19.

The top two teams in the group will automatically punch tickets to the biennial tournament.