(MENAFN - The Peninsula) AFP
Nairobi:Kenya are to play friendlies against Togo and Mauritania in Morocco as part of their build-up for the African Nations Championships (CHAN) which they are hosting in January 2018.
The warm-ups featuring local-based players will be played in Rabat on August 31 and September 4.
"Whereas AFCON 2019 qualifiers and the FIFA Rankings remain crucial for us going forward, CHAN 2018, which will be hosted in Kenya is equally important, and we are happy to have secured the two friendlies," Football Kenya Federation (FKF) chief executive officer Robert Githiomi said.
The CHAN 2018 championship scheduled to be held between January 11 and February 2 will feature 16 national teams.
But two-time champions and current holders Democratic Republic of Congo are missing as they were knocked out in the final qualifying phase by neighbours, Congo Republic.
DR Congo were held to a 1-1 draw in the return match in Kinshasa on Saturday, having drawn the first leg 0-0 in Brazzaville.