The team, picked by a group of five selectors over a period of two months across the country have been in training for the past one month and played several build up matches rounding with a 2-0 win over reigning Kenya league champions, Gor Mahia, last Wednesday.
“We have had good preparations going into Sunday and we hope this will translate into a good result in the match. We want to get a good result for the millions of Kenyans who will be watching this game,” Okumbi said.
“The morale and the motivation of the team is high, especially after playing well in friendly games against Premier League sides. We don’t know much about Rwanda but we will go into the first leg with the aim of winning and above all keeping a clean sheet,” the tactician added.
Among the players expected to play a starring role for Kenya in the tie include winger Musa Masika, younger brother to Harambee Stars winger, Ayub Masika.
Rwanda jetted into the country on Friday evening and will have a training session at the match venue in Machakos, about 60km away from the capital Nairobi.
Meanwhile, the Football Kenya Federation have announced that fans will be able to attend the match free of charge as they look to create a perfect atmosphere for the young stars to push through with a win.
If Kenya pulls up a win over the two legs, they will book a date with Zambia in the second round in May.
Saturday, 31 March 2018
Mauritania vs Morocco
Algeria vs Tunisia
Uganda vs South Sudan
Tanzania vs DR Congo
Seychelles vs Mozambique
Malawi vs Swaziland
Botswana vs Namibia
Sunday, 1 April 2018
Gabon vs Togo
Kenya vs Rwanda
Ethiopia vs Burundi
Guinea Bissau vs Sierra Leone
*Liberia vs Benin
*Liberia withdrew, Benin qualified to second round