Newly appointed Harambee Stars head coach Engin Firat has named his first squad earlier than subsequent month’s FIFA World Cup qualification in opposition to Mali. The tactician has borrowed heavily from the squad that did responsibility in opposition to Uganda and Rwanda, however has named several surprise inclusions in the crew.
Midfielder Philip Mayaka who plays in the Vital League Soccer (MLS) for Colorado Rapids has been handed his maiden name up to the crew and can explore to provoke the novel tactician.
Two name united statesthat will absolutely lift eyebrows consist of these of Sydney Lokale (Kariobangi Sharks) and his inclined teammate Ovella Ochieng, who has no longer too long ago finalized a transfer to South African membership Marumo Gallants.
Both players possess no longer featured in stuffed with life football for cease to a twelve months. Lokale picked up an harm upright as he used to be initiating his tenure with Enact facet HIFK and didn’t feature for the the relaxation of the season.
Ovela in the period in-between has been with out a membership since leaving Sweden where he modified into out for third tier facet Vasalund IF mid-closing twelve months. Their inclusion has raised eyebrows especially which potential of their lack of match activity over a long time duration.
Lokale has performed upright one aggressive match for Sharks, their FKF Premier League opener closing weekend.
In the period in-between, there used to be a retract for fullbacks David Owino who appears to be like for Zambian 2nd tier facet Napsa Stars and Abud Omar who plays in Greece 2nd tier facet AEL Larisa. Spain-based entirely mostly midfielder Ismael Athman Gonzalez has additionally been handed a retract after being lost sight of by instantaneous inclined head coach Jacob Ghost Mulee.
Faruk Shikalo who has since joined Tanzanian Premier League facet Kinondoni Municipal Council has additionally been included and can compete with the #1 initiating characteristic with Zambia based entirely mostly Ian Otieno and Tusker FC’s novel signing Brian Bwire.
Joash Onyango who neglected the matches in opposition to Rwanda and Uganda through harm has additionally been included in the 34-man provisional squad.
In the period in-between, Eric Johannah who used to be known as up for the closing two video games has no longer been recalled for the subsequent two fixtures. Assorted senior players who had been beforehand no longer effectively-known at the side of the likes of defender Brian Mandela, midfielders Teddy Akumu, Johannah Omollo and Ayub Timbe possess additionally no longer been regarded as.
Local-based entirely mostly players enter camp on Thursday whereas foreign-based entirely mostly players will link up with the crew per their league commitments over the weekend.
The first leg in opposition to the Malians shall be performed on October 7 in Morocco which potential of the incontrovertible fact that the West Africans originate no longer possess a FIFA authorized stadium at dwelling. The return tie is scheduled for the Nyayo Nationwide Stadium three days later.
Firat who’s on a two-month contract will explore to clinch Kenya’s first absorb the qualifiers after his predecessor managed again to again attracts to take a seat down on two functions.
The tactician has been handed a contract that covers the four final qualifiers and he believes that he can decide Kenya to the subsequent round of qualification.
“I take into consideration that we can in point of fact qualify and if I didn’t take into consideration then I wouldn’t be right here. We now possess a correct crew and I take into consideration that we possess now things we favor to work on and offers a protect to. I in point of fact possess watched the foremost two video games and I in point of fact possess viewed what we can work on and confidently we can possess a correct crew to play the subsequent two matches,” the coach acknowledged after his arrived in the nation.
Ian Otieno (Zesco, Zambia), Faruk Shikhalo (KMC, Tanzania), James Saruni (Ulinzi Stars), Brian Bwire (Tusker)
Joseph Stanley Okumu (KAA Gent, Belgium), Joash Onyango (Simba, Tanzania), David Odhiambo (Napsa, Zambia), Samuel Olwande (Kariobangi Sharks), Johnstone Omurwa (Wazito), Eugene Asike (Tusker), Frank Odhiambo (Gor Mahia), Daniel Sakari (Tusker), David Owino (KCB), Abud Omar (AEL Larisa, Greece), Eric Ouma (AIK, Sweden), Bolton Omwenga (Kagera Sugar, Tanzania)
Richard Odada (Red Megastar Belgrade, Serbia), Lawrence Juma (Sofapaka), Patila Omoto (Kariobangi Sharks), Ismael Gonzalez (Exact Murcia, Spain), Kenneth Muguna (Azam, Tanzania), Duke Abuya (Nkana, Zambia), Keagan Ndemi (Bandari), Boniface Muchiri (Tusker), Regean Otieno (KCB), Erick Zakayo (Tusker), Ovella Ochieng (Marumo Gallants, South Africa), Philip Mayaka (Colorado Rapids, USA), Musa Masika (Wazito), Abdallah Hassan (Bandari)
Michael Olunga (Al-Duhail, Qatar), Henry Meja (Tusker, Kenya), Sydney Lokale (Kariobangi Sharks), Erick Kapaito (Kariobangi Sharks).