Coach of the Harambee stars of Kenya, Francis Kimanzi, has set his sight on taking his country to its first ever World Cup by qualifying for the 2010 event in South Africa.
Kimanzi said in an interview on Sports Radio 88.9 Brila FM that he will commence preparation this weekend’s CECAFA regional championship in Uganda.
Although, he still has to wait till Friday before finalising talks with the KFF over his contract, the coach said the plan is to prosecute the forthcoming regional championship with indigenous players.
"We are in the process of preparing for the World Cup qualifiers with our participation in the regional competition. We plan to leave out the professionals in Europe and we want to use 100 per cent of the players in the local league.
"It is an opportunity to exploit the players and preparations should start in mid-January so as to get fully ready for the qualifiers," he said.
Kimanzi explained further that the decision to leave out foreign-based players for the competition is another way of showing that the national team cannot afford to depend on them.
"We must use what is available at the moment. We cannot rely on foreign players abroad to play the tournament because we have to build the talent we have at hand," he said.