Having been a member of FIFA for over 50 years now, and having tried to qualify for every FIFA World Cup™ since 1974, the time may be right for the Harambee Stars to push one of the continent’s giants to the brink. They came close to doing that in the qualifiers for France 1998, when Kenya finished their qualifying group with ten points, just three off Nigeria’s pace and two behind Guinea. Four years later, they disappointed in going out to Malawi in a two-legged tie, while on the road to Germany 2006, Kenya won just three of their ten qualifying matches. There were signs of promise four years ago when Kenya won all three of their home matches to advance from a tricky opening group along with Guinea at the expense of Namibia and Zimbabwe. But once in the final stage with Nigeria, Tunisia and Mozambique, they stumbled and lost five out of six matches.
The current crop
There is no doubt that Kenya are working hard to improve their standing in the run-up to Brazil 2014, and an encouraging CAF Africa Cup of Nations campaign should have the team battle ready.
The key players
Inter Milan midfielder MacDonald Mariga will look to create goals for Auxerre striker Denis Oliech, and the two make a dynamic duo for Kenya to build around.
Coach: Adel Amrouche
Best performance in a FIFA competition: None
Former stars: Musa Otieno