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The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has confirmed an international friendly match between the Harambee Stars and the Leopards of DRC Congo, in Kinshasa.

“Kenya Harambee Stars to play DR Congo in an International Friendly in Kinshasa on the 4th of October 2016.” A brief statement from the organization stated.

While the Kenyan side led by Coach Stanley Okumbi is seeking to build for the future with an eye on Qatar 22 World Cup, Coach Florent Ibenge’s Leopards are still in contention for a place in the Russia World Cup in 2018 and will be using the tie to prepare for Libya’s Mediterranean Knights.

The Leopards in group “B” of the Africa qualifiers will open their campaign against Libya four days after the warm-up versus Kenya.

They will then play another build up against Northern Ireland on October 12 before a trip to Guinea for their second group clash slated for November 7.

The Harambee Stars are yet to lose a match in five outings, with their last match being a 1-1 draw away to 2012 African champions Zambia’s “Chipolopolo” in the AFCON 2017 qualifiers.

The East Africans have been steadily rising in the FIFA ranking and are currently placed 88th globally.

Their home-based professionals are also planned to host Cameroon in the same month of October as they start early preparations for CHAN 2018.

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