Harambee Stars might have to do without the services of former Gor Mahia defender Musa Mohammed as the team prepares for a do or die clash with neighbours Tanzania.
The Nkana FC Defender started in Kenya’s 2-0 loss to Algeria despite not being 100% fit and it seems like the match might have had a great toll on his fitness.
Enroute to the Algeria Clash, Mohammed picked a knock during Kenya’s 1-0 friendly win over Madagascar in Paris, France.
Mohammed is under assessment by the Kenyan medical team before a decision is made on whether he will feature in the Thursday game or not.
“Mohammed is being assessed before we face Tanzania, we can only be sure of the level of his fitness after that,” Said Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa.
Harambee Stars are already looking light at the back, with injuries to defenders Joash Onyango and Brian Mandela.
With Mohammed injured, Zesco United’s David Owino aka Calabar could finally make his AFCON bow after being restricted to the bench by coach Sebastien Migne during Sunday’s defeat to Algeria.
Migne argued that Kenya has no players with the required level of experience for the big stages like the African Cup of Nations.
“Our showing in the first half was poor. I don’t know if it was due to a lack of experience in such a competition. We were under pressure,” Said Migne after the defeat to Algeria.
“There was no leadership in the defence. [Brian] Mandela got injured during our preparations and we had to rely on the young [Joseph] Okumu, who was playing his first official match.
“Perhaps the game was too tough for him. However, we have to acknowledge the quality of the opposing team, who are one of the favourites for the title.”
Kenya take on Tanzania from 11PM E.A.T at the June 30 Stadium in Cairo, Egypt.
A Win for the boys will revive the Nation’s hopes of making it to the knockout stages of the competition.
A defeat will however spell doom and ultimately end Kenya’s campaign before they take on the Terenga Lions of Senegal in their final match.