Nairobi (Alshahid)- Kenya soccer team Harambee Stars failed to secure a place in the next round of the The African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier matches after they were held to a barren draw by 10-man Burundi in the return leg match played Sunday at the Nyayo national stadium.
Burundi had won the opening match, played on 16 December 2012, in Bujumbura.
Harambee Stars coach James Nandwa was lost for words after his charges failed to live up to expectations.
Nandwa rued missed chances alluding to the fact that the absence of key players like Rama Salim and Humphrey Mieno who moved to Tanzania affected the team’s game plan.
He further urged the federation to look into starting sustainable youth programmes to help nurture players.
“It is very unfortunate that we were knocked out by Burundi despite playing at home. The players took a long time to settle down with Burundi spoiling our game plan.”
“I will wait to hear from the federation on the plans they have but I think it’s also prudent to come up with tangible youth structures to help nurture future talent,” Nandwa told supersport.com.
Burundi now qualify for the next round where they will face Sudan.