Harambee Stars head coach Engin Firat says that the international friendly against Iran today is not results targeted but a platform for the players to show resolve and grit against tougher opponents.

The match will kick off at 8:00 pm EAT at Tehran. The Stars will be playing their first international match for over a year after FIFA suspended Kenyan football. They played on November 16, 2021, when they faced Rwanda in their final 2022 World Cup qualifier in Nairobi, winning 2-1.

“People are talking about winning and getting a result and I don’t understand. For me winning is not my aim. The point is for the players to understand where we are and where we need to go, this match for us is to learn and show character and we see as a team how we can work against a top team in the world. When was the last time Kenya faced a tough team in a friendly match?”

Kenya will have an upper hand against Iran, revealed the Harambee Stars tactician.

“We have all the information about Iran. I have worked in Iran for five years and I know them very well. I already told the players how they will play and we have every detail. We will face a top team and this is what we want. I told the guys that it will be hard but we need to push.”


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