Football Kenya Federation president Nicholas ‘Nick’ Mwendwa has commented that the time is now for his country to qualify for the World Cup.
Kenya have been pitted in Pool E of the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers in Qatar alongside Mali, Uganda and Rwanda.
Mwendwa believes that Kenya is in an easy group and appealed to the government to make sure that they provide adequate resources to help the Harambee Stars.
Mwendwa replaced Sam Nyamweya to lead the FKF in 2016.
Speaking to Goal, Mwendwa said:
“Winning the group is within our reach, it is within our powers, it is feasible and all we need now is to make sure we are ready for the qualifiers.
“We have been trying to reach the World Cup for close to a decade now and I have a feeling time has now come for us to make it to the final. We can do it and I want to urge Harambee Stars to stay focused and do the job.”
The Harambee Stars have participated in six AFCON finals but are yet to play at a World Cup stage just like all other group E teams.
Group A: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Niger, Djibouti
Group B: Tunisia, Zambia, Mauritania, Equatorial Guinea
Group C: Nigeria, Cape Verde Islands, Central African Republic, Liberia
Group D: Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Mozambique, Malawi
Group E: Mali, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda
Group F: Egypt, Gabon, Libya, Angola
Group G: Ghana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia
Group H: Senegal, Congo, Namibia, Togo
Group I: Morocco, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Sudan
Group J: Congo DR, Benin, Madagascar, Tanzania
After a round-robin of matches, the winners of the ten groups will qualify to the Final Round of the continental qualification on the journey to Qatar.
The Final Round will see the ten teams drawn into five home and away ties, with the five winners securing the ticket to represent Africa at the tournament scheduled for 21 November to 18 December 2022 in Qatar.