Johanna out as vanguished Stars jet out for Thailand clash
National football team Harambee Stars will be without midfielder Eric Johanna when they collide with Thailand in Bangkok in Sunday’s friendly match against the hosts .
The Vasalunds IF midfielder Er, who clocked 90 minutes in the Iraq clash, will miss the Thailand’s match as his Swedish club requested to have him back in time for their weekend league match against Akropolis IF.
Stars lost 2-1 to hosts Iraq on Thursday in the first of the two friendlies in their Asian tour, with a host of first team players missing.
The exit of the former Mathare United attacker could see John Mark Makwatta or Kenneth Muguna handed a chance in the Stanley Okumbi squad against The War Elephants.
The team held a light training session on Friday morning at the Basra Stadium, and is set to leave at 4pm (Kenyan time) for Doha, Qatar, before catching a connecting flight to Bankok, Thailand, at 8.30pm in the itinerary released by Football Kenya Federation (FKF) on their official portal.
Thailand has assembled an all local side for the friendly, with Thai League 1 side Muangthong United contributing nine in the 23-man squad.
Though playing at home, the Asian side is ranked 137 in the current FIFA standings, 47 places below Stars, and are not a powerhouse by any standard, but the home ground should give them some advantage.
Harambee Stars is preparing for Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers later in December, with four-time champions Ghana next on the list after starting the Cameroon campaign with a 2-1 loss in Sierra Leone.
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