Kenya Harambee Stars’ new head coach Paul Put says he is now focused to help the country qualify for the 2019 CAF African Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
We are going to organize those friendlies to give me an opportunity to know the foreign-based players too, as we prepare for the match against Ghana.
Even for the local players the job is not done, I will follow them by watching the local league.
We need a very balanced team.
Kenya opened their campaign with a 2-1 loss in Group F match away to Sierra Leone in June, but they will want to beat Ghana.
Playing Ghana is not easy, you have to know you are playing one of the biggest nations in football, so I have to say preparation will be key for us.
Put plans to have atleast two friendly matches in March and May 2018 before a training camp with all the foreign-based players.
We are going to have two more matches in June, preferably in a camp set up for one or two weeks depending on when the foreign-based players break in May.
Put was manager of the Gambian national team between 2008 and 2011, before being appointed as manager of Burkina Faso in March 2012.