The Kenyan U23 National Team Gears Up for COSAFA Cup 2024

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• Blended squad, a mixture of talent and experience

• Double training sessions on day one

• Flight date to South Africa confirmed

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The Kenyan U23 national team is set to showcase its prowess at the upcoming COSAFA Cup in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, starting on June 26, 2024. The team, led by head coach and technical staff, embarked on their journey by holding their first training session in preparation for the prestigious tournament.

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Double training sessions on day one

The training session saw a total of twenty out of the initially called up 34 players participate in a double session, with the remaining players expected to join in the following day.

Blended squad, a mixture of talent and experience

The squad is a mix of promising young talent and experienced senior players who will bring their wealth of knowledge and skills to the team. Notable senior players such as Anthony Akumu and Johnstone Omurwa were present at the training session, along with other seasoned players including Alphonce Omija, Chrispine Erambo, Baron Ochieng, Haniff Wesonga, Rooney Onyango, Kaycie Odhiambo, and Alpha Onyango, who have all previously featured for the senior national team.

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Joining them were upcoming talents including Sebastian Wekesa, Paul Ochuoga, Boniface Onyango, Geoffrey Onyango, Wilson Stanley, Shariff Musa, Bajaber Mohammed, Patrick Otieno, Hassan Beja, Fortune Omoto, and Samuel Kapen, who are eager to make their mark on the international stage.

Kenya to fly to South Africa on Tuesday

The team is scheduled to depart for South Africa on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in anticipation of their group stage matches. Kenya finds themselves in Group B alongside tough opponents such as Zambia, Comoros, and Zimbabwe. The U23 Stars will kick off their campaign against Zambia on June 27, 2024, at the NMB Stadium. They will then face-off against Comoros on June 30, 2024, at the Wolfson Stadium before concluding their group matches with a showdown against Zimbabwe on July 2, 2024, at the same venue.

The tournament format will see the top teams from each group and the best runner-up advance to the semi-finals, providing an intense and competitive environment for the teams to showcase their skills and vie for the coveted title.

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As the Kenyan U23 national team continues their preparations for the COSAFA Cup, fans await with bated breath to see the team in action and cheer them on as they aim to make their mark on the international stage. The tournament promises to be a thrilling spectacle filled with excitement, passion, and fierce competition, and the Kenyan U23 team is poised to leave a lasting impression with their talent and determination.

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