Newly appointed Harambee Stars head coach Stanley Okumbi is set for his first test in the job when he leads the team for the 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Guinea Bissau on Wednesday 23 March and the return leg four days later.
This will be his first major appointment and the former Mathare United tactician is banking on his experience as a coach to ride the team to great heights and points out that he is not pressured despite the criticism his appointment met.
He takes up a team that has not had a good start in the qualifiers but is confident he can turn the fortunes.
“I have been a coach for a long time just like the other members of the national team bench I believe we have necessary experience to lead the team in the qualifiers and beyond.
“I am not pressured as we prepare for the game even though I know the coming two matches have a big impact to the team’s future. We want to just prepare well and deliver for the team and the fans,” he said.
He is fortunate to deal with a number of fit enough players with a majority of his team being drawn from premier league teams, and have been in action for the opening five rounds.
“Most players are fit and that is a result of being tied up with league fixtures at their teams. It is a good sign for me and I can only hope for better,” he added.