• Angola line up Real madrid ahead of Harambee stars tie

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May 16, 2011-

It is a tale of two world's facing one tie.Kenyan coach Zedekiah Otieno is struggling to put together a winning team for next month's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Angola but his opponents are sitting pretty and making serious build up plans.

The Angola national team has landed a major friendly international on May 25 against Spanish giants Real Madrid, a match that will help sharpen their skills as they prepare for the revenge match to overturn the 2-1 defeat they suffered in Nairobi on March 26.

The match will be played in the Angolan capital on June 3, and comes just one week before they take on a weakened Kenyan side who will be without their playmaker Macdonald Mariga of Inter Milan in a crucial Nations Cup fixture.

Though it is just a club side, Angola are expected to benefit from lining up a Real Madrid side that comprises a star studded side with galacticos  Ronaldo who scored the highest number of goals in the Spanish League La Liga, former Arsenal forward Emmanuel Adebayor, Brazilian Kaka and World Cup winning Captain Iker Casillas.

Commenting on the friendly in the Angolan press, player João Martins, said the scheduled encounter will be a good and motivating experience for any player.

Martins said that playing against top world teams is motivating and makes the game more competitive.

Last week, the Kenyan coach  complained that he has not had enough players in camp to prepare adequately for the forth-coming match against Angola’s Palancas Negras due to the on-going Kenyan Premier League (KPL).

In the first week of training the camp had to do without Gor Mahia and Sofapaka players who were involved in a midweek tie.  This week as the team resumed training on Monday evening, but were without Gor Mahia and Ulinzi players who will be involved in the Kenya Premier League top eight semi-final match on Wednesday at Nyayo Stadium.

Next week, Sofapaka and Western Stima players will also not be available as the two teams play in another KPL top eight semi-final match.

The Kenyan technical team was planning to set up a five-day camp in nearby Gabon on their way to Angola and play one build up match but their plans have been disrupted by the KPL.

 

Gina Tivona

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