Harambee Stars Starts Preparations For 2026 World Cup Qualifications

In the competition, the team led by Engin Firat will face Pakistan, Djibouti, and Mauritius.

According to information obtained by Mozzart Sport, the men’s national football team Harambee Stars is in the process of confirming their participation in a four-team friendly competition that is anticipated to take place during the forthcoming FIFA international window, which runs from June 12 to 20.

According to reports, the team led by Engin Firat will travel to Mauritius to compete against the island nation as well as Pakistan and Djibouti in the four-team tournament as the nation continues to feel the effects of its FIFA suspension from last year, which prevented them from participating in the ongoing African Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023 qualifiers.

According to Mozzart Sport, the Football Kenya Federation is eager to compete in order to provide the head coach another chance to evaluate his team before the 2026 African World Cup qualifiers, which begin in November 2023.

In the new CAF system, nine groups of 54 member nations with six national teams each will be formed.

The four best runners-up (from the Groups) will compete in a CAF Play-Off event, with the winners of each Group qualifying for the FIFA World Cup 2026 automatically.

The winner of the CAF Play-Off competition will then participate in the FIFA Play-Off Competition for an additional opportunity to earn a spot in the 2026 World Cup.

The Harambee Stars came to Tehran for an international friendly against Iran, which they defeated 2-1. It was just the team’s first game in 16 months since FIFA imposed and removed their suspension.

The four-team competition, like the Iran friendly, is meant to make up for Kenya’s omission from the 2023 AFCON qualifications, when they were grouped with Cameroon, Burundi, and Namibia.

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