Football Kenya Federation is planning to have the national men’s team, Harambee Stars, play a top European side in June next year.
The announcement was made by the federation’s president, Nick Mwendwa, in a post on his official twitter account, minutes after the stars beat Congo DRC in a friendly match on Tuesday evening.
“Next year in that June window a European team will play Stars! Let’s keep working. Let’s do this, Mwendwa tweeted after the DRC friendly match,” read Mwendwa’s update.
Although Mwendwa was non-committal on the team they are targeting for the friendly match, insider sources reveal that he is in talks with Italian Serie A side A.S. Roma.
Roma has played in the top-tier of Italian football for all of their existence except for 1951–52.
In the Congo match, Michael Olunga, a former Gor Mahia star now playing for IF Djurgardens in Sweden, scored the only goal on the 65th minute to hand Harambee the victory.
Olunga picked a cross from winger Paul Were, which he expertly controlled and sent home to mark head Coach Stanley Okumbi’s first away win since replacing Bobby Williamson at the helm.
The win, having been picked in a Fifa-sanctioned friendly match, will count towards Kenya’s ranking in the official rankings for the month of October to be released in November.