Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne might be forced to make some tough decisions in March with up to three major championships on the cards.
Migne is expected to oversee three formidable teams – the Senior Harambee Stars already called up, the U-23, and an all-locally based team fighting for the 2020 Africa Nations Champions (Chan) ticket.
First, and of most importance, is the U-23 Olympic qualifiers that will be preceded by the Afcon and Chan qualifiers, all lined up for March.
Though the Afcon qualifying match against Ghana is a mere formality now that Kenya has already booked a place into the 2019 final, still a positive result is important for Fifa rankings and the general image of the team.
Migne is also using the last Group C match to monitor the players to include in the final Afcon squad just three months away.
Stars are set to report to camp on March 17 ahead of the Ghana match slated for March 23, 2019 in Ghana.
Kenya has already qualified for the 2019 Afcon finals, but Coach Sebastien Migne nonetheless summoned a strong 24-man squad that will be led by Captain Victor Wanyama.
And with the Emerging Stars, the U-23 team also set to hit begin preparations for the two-legged Olympics qualifier against Sudan, and the Chan championship squad also expected to be named, Migne might not have the privilege of watching all the players he would want to use in Egypt.
The junior side will report to camp on March 11, 2019 ahead of the first leg which is set to be played on March 20 at the Khartoum Stadium in Sudan with the second leg slated for March 24 at the MISC Kasarani, Nairobi .
Meanwhile, Migne is also expected to call up all-local based players for the Chan qualifier against Burundi.
The first leg will be played in Nairobi between July 26 – 28, while the second leg has been slated for between August 2 and 4 in Burundi.
The aggregate winner will face off with either Tanzania or Sudan in the second and final qualifying round, whose first leg will be played between September 20 and 22, 2019, with the second leg scheduled to be played between October 18 and 20.
Kenya will be looking to make a maiden appearance at the 16-team tourney, set to be held in Ethiopia in January 2020, having blown up a chance to host the tourney in 2018 due lack of adequate preparation.