Kenya Striker Ayub Timbe has finally linked up with Harambee Stars training camp in Mwanza ahead of Wednesday's International friendly against Tanzania’s Taifa Stars.
Timbe joined the Mwanza bound squad on tuesday morning following a flight hitch from his Belgium base where he turns out for FC Genk.
The Kenyans arrived in Mwanza few hours later and had a feel of the 35,000 seater CCM Kirumba Stadium, the venue of the match.
Kenya head coach Henri Michel said they are treating the match seriously since it will serve as build up for the 2014, World Cup qualifier and the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
Tanzania Taifa stars have also arrived in Mwanza ahead of Wednesday’s match.The team is residing at La Cairo Hotel
The same team will compete at the Cecafa event under the name Kilimanjaro Stars since it will involve players from Zanzibar.
Taifa stars squad-
Goalkeepers- Juma Kaseja (Simba), Deogratius Munishi (Azam).
Defenders: Aggrey Morrice (Azam), Erasto Nyoni (Azam), Shomari Kapombe (Simba), Kelvin Yondani (Yanga), Issa Rashid (Mtibwa), Nassoro Masoud (Simba) and Amir Maftah (Simba).
Midfielders: Amri Kiemba (Simba), Abubakar Salum 'Sureboy' (Azam), Mwinyi Kazimoto (Simba), Ramadhan Singano (Simba), Mrisho Ngassa (Simba), Simon Msuva (Yanga), Athuman Iddi 'Chuji' (Yanga), Shaaban Nditi (Mtibwa) and Frank Domayo (Yanga).
Forwards: John Bocco (Azam), Thomas Ulimwengu (TP Mazembe, Congo), Mbwana Samatta (TP Mazembe, Congo), and Christopher Edward (Simba).
Meanwhile AFC Leopards have agreed to take on Gor Mahia on Saturday at Kasarani on condition that elaborate security will be availed in the crucial FKF semi final match slated for Kasarani.
AFC Leopards Chairman Alex Ole Magelo said they have in the past raised concerns over security in decisive matches but expressed regret that Football Kenya Federation (FKF) had done nothing over the same.
Speaking at the FKF secretariat at Nyayo Stadium after attending a security meeting convened by FKF involving both Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards officials,Magelo said if he will sense any lapse of security on Saturday, he will withdraw his team from the match
“Security has to be beefed up in and out of the stadium for the safety of players, officials and fans. We would not want a situation where a life is lost or somebody is maimed,”
In a rejoinder, however, Nyamweya assured Leopards that there will be elaborate security and there is no cause for alarm."We had a long meeting with both club's officials.I do assure fans that there will be enough security on the ground to curb any breach of peace".
He said he was impressed by his team’s performance in the just ending League. “I’m proud of my team’s performance.It was a nail-biting end where the winner was decided in the last day and my team was in the title contention.I thank the entire team including the technical bench for the good combined effort, and our fans who came in large numbers to cheer the team.It was indeed great” said Magelo.
Magelo said the Leopards management has faith in Coach Jan Koops despite the team’s failure to win the Premier League title.
“Everyone is talking about how the team squandered a chance of winning the cup after leading for a lengthy part of the season. A third position is not bad considering that the team was in an odd placing when Koops took over the coaching reins. For this reason he is still the head coach and we will give him a free hand to sign on players who will bolster the team next season,” he said.
He confirmed that the club has received several invitations for friendly matches adding that the club will embark on players and members recruitment ahead of the new season come next year.