Kenya's 23-year-old boss, Francis Kimanzi, said he is ready to challenge Mauritius at the African Cup of Nations in Nairobi on Wednesday.
This match will be one of many to be held throughout the continent to determine the three African teams at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Kimanzi said that when he spoke in Nairobi on Tuesday, his side had everything he had to lose when presiding over the island nation. The winner of the encounter will play Sudan or Seychelles in the second round.
"I have very high hopes. [that] The team will play well and win the game. This is the first leg, and we should focus on the legs coming back from Mauritius after winning at home. "Said Kimanzi.
There will also be a third round to decide which team to take part in next year's African Under-23 Cup of Nations in Egypt. The tournament held in Egypt will automatically qualify three teams to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Kimanzi selected the best 18 players and strengthened his training to maximize the hope of taking his first qualifying tournament to the national championships under 23 in Egypt and the Olympics.
Kenya said it will overcome the storm on Mauritius and move on to the next round. "Now it is important for us to play against Mauritius."
In March, Kenya's 23-year-old squad defeated Uzbekistan 1-0 to win 2-0. The champions of Senegal, Algeria and Nigeria have cut for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Eight teams can participate in the four-year tournament held in Egypt next December.
Other East African teams are likely to start Uganda in southern Sudan, Burundi in Tanzania and Ethiopia in Somalia.