Best wishes to the Stars

Kenya on Sunday commenced its quest to retain the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup in Ethiopia.

Harambee Stars, which beat Sudan to win the last edition of this competition in Nairobi in 2013, are, alongside Uganda, Tanzania, and hosts Ethiopia, considered the favourites to win the competition, which comes with Sh3 million in prize money and regional pride.

The Kenyan side will no doubt have to quickly forget what has been a difficult past few months during which the players have suffered several challenges that have hampered their preparation and performance.

This has in turn led to scrutiny and criticism of the team managers and the administrators of football in Kenya.

Despite this, we all give our best wishes to Harambee Stars during the two-week tournament that is being held in the capital Addis Ababa and southern town of Asawa.

We also urge the mostly home-based players who have been called up for this tie to seize the opportunity and prove their worth as able competitors for the likes of the European-based stars Victor Wanyama, Ayub Timbe, and Johanna Omollo, who have not been considered for this assignment.