Ex-Newcastle United midfielder fires warning to Harambee Stars ahead of crunch Burundi fixture

Ex-Newcastle United midfielder fires warning to Harambee Stars ahead of crunch Burundi fixture

Mark Kinyanjui 14:34 - 06.06.2024

The Burundi midfielder has sent a warning to Harambee Stars players before they face each other on Friday.

As the countdown to the crucial FIFA World Cup qualifier clash between Kenya and Burundi ticks away, Burundi midfielder Gael Bigirimana has sent a stern warning to the Harambee Stars. 

The match is set for June 7 at the Bingu National Stadium in Malawi.

Bigirimana, a seasoned player who has played for Coventry City, Newcastle United, Tanzania’s Young Africans (Yanga), and Scottish side Motherwell, has been a vital figure for the Burundian national team. 

With 22 caps and a significant role in helping Burundi qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), his presence is a formidable one.

Reflecting on the upcoming encounter, Bigirimana acknowledged that although he has never played against Kenya, he is well-prepared. 

"I have never interacted with any of the current Kenyan national football team players but I at least know several of their members play abroad," he told Mozzart Sport.

"I have never been involved in a game against Kenya but I have gathered sufficient information from my teammates on the kind of players we will come up against. I expect the game to be very competitive."

The last meeting between Kenya and Burundi was during the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup, a competition reserved for local-based players, in which Bigirimana did not participate.

However, his preparation and confidence are unwavering. "I am pleased with the quality of players in our team. There are budding players who are good enough to get the job done," he added.

“They have brought in more hunger for success. I am liking their confidence levels and desire to see the team get positive results. Things are really promising for the Burundian team."

Bigirimana emphasised his role on the team, stating, "I don't play to score goals but help the team win matches. If I get the chance to do it against Kenya, I will gladly do so although my core wish remains inspiring the team to a win."

The upcoming match promises to be a fiercely contested battle, with both teams aiming to strengthen their positions in the World Cup qualifying campaign.

 As Kenya prepares to face a confident and prepared Burundi side, fans and players alike can expect a thrilling encounter on June 7.

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