The Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos will play host to next week’s Harambee Stars friendly matches against Uganda and DR Congo, the Football Kenya Federation has announced.

The federation had hoped renovation work at the Nyayo Stadium would be done by the start of the third week of March, but have since been informed the stadium is not yet ready for use.

The Kenyatta Stadium has already been given the thumbs up by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) and will this Saturday host the Caf Confederations Cup tie pitting Ulinzi Stars and Egypt’s Smouha.

Stars play Uganda Cranes on Wednesday before facing DR Congo on Saturday, all matches kicking off at 3pm.

Kenya played against the two sides last year away from home, securing a 0-0 draw with Uganda in Kampala before beating the Congolese Leopards 1-0 in Lubumbashi.

“It is good to have these strong friendly matches so that we can build up the team ahead of the Afcon qualifiers. We have a unit which we are trying to bring up and we will also give an opportunity to new players so this is a chance for them to prove their worth,” Stars coach Stanley Okumbi said.

He named a squad of 26-local based players and they are expected to set up camp on Monday at the Kenyatta Stadium, upon the commencement of the international week.

Okumbi is expected to release the list of foreign based players at the start of the week, but they will most likely be used for the weekend match against Congo.

Congo coach Florent Ibenge has named a strong squad which also includes 2017 African Cup of Nations top scorer Junior Kabananga among other foreign-based stars.

Only Cedric Bakambu, who turns out for Villareal in Spain, has said he will not be honoring the call.