Wanyama set to join Harambee Stars camp


Harambee Stars coach Sebastian Migne instructs Victor Mugabe Wanyama during their AFCON 2019 qualifier match at ...
Harambee Stars coach Sebastian Migne instructs Victor Mugabe Wanyama during their AFCON 2019 qualifier match at Kasarani stadium in Nairobi, Kenya on October 14, 2018. Kenya won 3-0. Photo/Kelly Ayodi/Sportpicha/Citizen

In Summary

  • After Saturday's 2-0 defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League final, Tottenham's Victor Wanyama is set to join his teammates in Paris, France on Tuesday June 4, for African Cup of Nations (AFCON) preps, according to head coach Sebastien Migne.
  • Wanyama's Spurs went on to lose to Mohammed Salah and Divock Origi's goal, although he was not involved in the match by head coach Mauricio Pochettino. Poch went on for Eric Dier, Lucas Moura and Fernando Llorente as his substitutes.
  • Meanwhile, Sweden based forward Christopher Mbamba joined the camp on Sunday, to take the total number of players in the camp by the time of recording this account to 18.

After Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League final, Tottenham’s Victor Wanyama is set to join his Harambee Stars teammates in Paris, France on Tuesday June 4, for African Cup of Nations (AFCON) preps, according to Stars head coach Sebastien Migne.

Stars kicked-off their training in Paris on Saturday, without 10 of the players who were called up in the 27-man squad including captain Wanyama, who was part of Tottenham’s travelling party to Madrid, Spain for the Uefa Champions League (UCL) final.

In a statement as the Stars boss and players sent messages of encouragement to their captain before the clash against Liverpool, Migne said the team was looking forward to his arrival in the residential camp.

“We will give him two days to rest after the final. He is the captain and he has to be here. Of course it is a big achievement for him to be in the UCL final, not just for him but for Kenya,” told the Frenchman.

Wanyama’s Spurs went on to lose to Liverpool thanks to goals from Mo Salah and Divock Origi. He was not involved in the match by head coach Mauricio Pochettino. Poch went on for Eric Dier, Lucas Moura and Fernando Llorente as his substitutes.

His arrival will be a big boost to the team that takes on Madagascar on June 7 in their first international friendly ahead of the Egypt continental fiesta, before returning with the team to Madrid a week later for the final friendly match against DR Congo.

Mbamba in camp

Meanwhile, Sweden based forward Christopher Mbamba joined the camp on Sunday, to take the total number of players in the camp by the time of recording this account to 18.

Mbamba, who was first called to the team in the last qualifiers match against Ghana, has before been summoned to the Sweden national U-17 and U-20 teams but never kicked the ball for the senior team.

He traces his roots to Kenya through his mother who was born in Meru County, Eastern part of the country while his father hailed from Namibia.

Mbamba was born in Harare, Zimbabwe before his parents moved to Sweden where he started his football career at a tender age.

It’s only 18 days remaining to the AFCON kick-off, with Stars set to open their campaign against Desert Foxes of Algeria on June 23 in Group C tie.

 

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