Harambee Stars to miss star defender Okumu, Wanyama for Uganda friendly


Ayub Timbe (2nd L) celebrate scoring against Congo with teammates captain Victor Wanyama (L), Eric ...
Ayub Timbe (2nd L) celebrate scoring against Congo with teammates captain Victor Wanyama (L), Eric Ouma and Michael Olunga during their AFCON 2017 qualifier match at Safaricom stadium Kasarani on June 05, 2016. Kenya won 2-1. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha/Citizen

In Summary

  • The Kenya national team, Harambee Stars will miss the service of its captain Victor Mugubi Wanyama, midfielder Johanna Omollo as well as young defender Joseph Okumu when they play against Uganda in an international friendly this coming weekend.
  • Speaking after witnessing his first training at Moi International Sports Complex, Kasarani, new Stars head coach Francis Kimanzi said Omollo is nursing an injury as well as Wanyama while Okumu who starred at the African Cup of Nations with solid displays is still settling in his new club.

The Kenya national team, Harambee Stars will miss the service of its captain Victor Mugubi Wanyama, midfielder Johanna Omollo as well as young defender Joseph Okumu when they play against Uganda in an international friendly this coming weekend.

Speaking after witnessing his first training at Moi International Sports Complex, Kasarani, new Stars head coach Francis Kimanzi said Omollo is nursing an injury as well as Wanyama while Okumu who starred at the African Cup of Nations with solid displays is still settling in his new club.

“We will have a full report on whether Victor (Wanyama) will be available for the match in the course of the week, (Joseph) Okumu hasn’t settled yet in Sweden so we will also give him some time off while Johanna (Omollo) is injured and needs time to nurse it.”

A total of 13 local based players participated in day one of the training camp together with number one goalkeeper Patrick Matasi of St.Georges of Ethiopia as more players will be joining the camp in the course of the week.

“We have 14 players in camp at the moment. More players will be joining us in the course of the week,” said Kimanzi.

Stars will be up against Uganda Cranes on Sunday at Moi International Sports Complex Kasarani from 4pm.

Meanwhile Uganda Cranes interim head coach Abdalla Mubiru has already named a 25-man squad for the friendly set to be played at Kasarani Stadium.

According to the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (Fufa), the local-based players will train on Thursday at the StarTimes Stadium before flying to Nairobi on the same evening while the foreign-based stars will connect from their clubs direct to Kenya.

Both teams will gauge their squad ahead of World Cup 2022 Qualifiers as well as AFCON 2021

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