Full house in Stars camp, focus on Sierra Leone
National football team Harambee Stars on Monday kicked off their preparations for the 2019 Total African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers at the Machakos’ Kenyatta Stadium, with all called up players reporting to camp.
No changes were made in the initial 26-man squad that had been named to prepare for the cancelled international friendly against Angola on June 4,
Focus now shifts to their June 10 AFCON qualifier away to Sierra Leone, the Group F opener before clashing with other pool members, Ghana and Ethiopia.
According to Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Communications Director Barry Otieno, foreign based players will link up with the rest of the team later in the week.
“All the players are in camp; today they had their first training. The coach retained the local based players he had called earlier before Angola opted out of the friendly.
“Their abroad based colleagues should start jetting in by Saturday, with the last lot arriving early next week,” Otieno told Citizen Digital.
The Angola tie was in line with the federation’s monthly friendlies ahead of the Total African Championship (CHAN) set for January next year.
This will be the first fresh qualifier for first coach Stanley Okumbi and his technical bench, having taken over from Bobby Williamson at an advanced stage of the last botched AFCON campaign.
The team has not lost in the last 10 outings in his tenure, with famous away win against Congo Kinshasa remaining the biggest boost ahead of the West African assignment.
Boniface Oluoch (Gor Mahia), James Saruni (Ulinzi Stars), Patrick Matasi (Posta Rangers)
Bolton Omwenga (Kariobangi Sharks), Haron Shakava (Gor Mahia), Titus Achesa (Posta Rangers), Jockins Otieno Atudo (Posta Rangers), Mayeko Musa Mohammed (Gor Mahia), Pascal Ogweno (Kariobangi Sharks), Robinson Mwangi Kamura (AFC Leopards), Simon Mbugua (Posta Rangers), Wilkison Marlon Tangauzi (Tusker)
Ovella Ochieng (Kariobangi Sharks), Daniel Waweru (Ulinzi Stars), Duncan Otieno (AFC Leopards), Ernest Wendo (Gor Mahia), Jackson Macharia (Tusker), Kenneth Muguna (Gor Mahia), Samuel Onyango (Ulinzi Stars), Stephen Waruru (Ulinzi Stars), Victor Majid (Chemelil Sugar)
Boniface Muchiri (Sony Sugar), Daniel Mwaura (Mathare United), Joseph Waithera (Wazito FC), Masita Masuta (Nzoia Sugar), Masoud Musa (Kariobangi Sharks)
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