Michael Olunga(red)

The Kenyan national men’s team, the Harambee Stars, will face off against Iran in Tuesday’s international friendly at Tehran’s Azadi Arena.

The Stars haven’t graced an international stage since February of last year, when they first defied a broad ban imposed by Fifa, the organization that governs global football. Fifa hit the nation with fury, blaming meddling from outside sources. The severe punishment followed the Kenyan government’s expulsion of the legally elected football association, headed by Nick Mwendwa, and the creation of an ad hoc committee to regulate the game in the country.

Speaking ahead of the game, Harambee striker Michael Olunga said, Everyone is aware that the Iranians are very strong. Any team that has competed in the World Cup must be accorded the respect they deserve. They are well drilled both technically and tactically, and their most recent performance against Russia ended in a draw,” Olunga said.

The game will kick off at 8:00 p.m. Kenyan time, and best of luck to the national team!


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