Kenya confident of pulling off upset against Malawi

Kenya captain Dennis Oliech (right)
Dennis Oliech (right) will be in action for Kenya

Kenya coach Francis Kimanzi believes home advantage and the harnessing of new talent can help his side beat Malawi in Nairobi on Saturday.

Kimanzi said Kenya have made "huge progress" ahead of the Group F qualifier for the 2014 World Cup.

"We have prepared a gameplan that can suit us to get a win," he told BBC Sport. "And we have an upper hand in our own environment and home support.

"This is an opportunity for new Kenyan talent to face Malawi."

Kimanzi is also delighted to be able to call upon former Kenya captain Dennis Oliech, who ended his international exile only three days ago.

When asked about the inclusion of Oliech, Kimanzi replied: "It is always important that you have all the important players around the team, and that they are healthy and fit.

"All the players that have been in the Kenyan team for a long time... you need all the best talent in Kenya when you are preparing for such a huge responsibility."

Kenya will need all their players to perform at their optimum if they are to end a run of bad results against Malawi, which includes two defeats in successive Cecafa Cup tournaments.

Kimanzi admitted: "Historically they have always been ahead of us in terms of the number of matches played and the positive results they have gained from us.

"I think they used to have more talent than Kenya.

"But now, although we have fewer talented players than they have, we have better players in key positions, which may make an impact in the game."

Kenya may also feel boosted by the news that Malawi suffered an injury blow on Friday, with striker Atusaye Nyonda now rated as a serious doubt for the match after twisting his ankle in training.

The Flames also have problems up front with a number of other strikers already ruled out of the match.

After facing Malawi, Kenya will take on Namibia in Windhoek on the weekend of 9-10 June but must wait until 2013 before meeting group rivals Nigeria.

The Harambee Stars have never qualified for the World Cup.