Kenya are making ready to play two vital continental assignments in late March and can miss two high-profile stars
Montreal Affect midfielder Victor Wanyama is lacking in Harambee Stars’ Africa Cup of Nations provisional squad to face Egypt and Togo within the qualifiers.
Ayub Timbe, who just lately joined J1 League facet Vissel Kobe, has additionally been omitted from the group. Others lacking are Mamelodi Sundowns’ Brian Mandela, Erick Johanna and Johanna Omollo.
Head coach Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee has, nonetheless, added Duke Abuya of Nkana FC, Duncan Otieno of Lusaka Dynamos in a midfield dominated by gamers from the native league whereas Kaizer Chiefs’ Anthony Akumu has been retained.
Danson Chetambe has been retained from the native gamers who’ve been in camp for weeks after his stellar performances towards each South Sudan and Tanzania in friendlies.
Ian Otieno is the one foreign-based goalkeeper who has been known as up and he joins James Saruni of Ulinzi Stars and Joseph Okoth of KCB, Bidco United’s Omar Adisa, regardless of maintaining a clear sheet towards the Shiny Stars, has been dropped.
James Mazembe of Kariobangi Sharks, Kevin Simiyu of Nzoia Sugar and Wazito FC’s Kevin Kimani have additionally retained their positions from the provisional squad that was earlier known as up from the locals.
Erick Kapaito and Elvis Rupia, who’re first and the second on the Premier League high scorers’ chart, will rival Michael Olunga in a struggle to win Mulee’s belief in who ought to spearhead Kenya’s goal-getting mission towards The Pharaohs and the Sparrowhawks.
Kenya’s provisional squad:
Goalkeepers: Ian Otieno (Zesco United, Zambia), James Saruni (Ulinzi Stars, Kenya), Joseph Okoth (KCB, Kenya)
Defenders: Joseph Okumu (IF Elfsborg, Sweden), Eric Ouma (AIK, Sweden), Joash Onyango (Simba, Tanzania), Johnstone Omurwa (Wazito, Kenya), Nahashon Alembi (KCB, Kenya), Harun Mwale (Ulinzi Stars, Kenya), Daniel Sakari (Kariobangi Sharks, Kenya), Baraka Badi (KCB, Kenya)
Midfielders: Anthony Akumu (Kaizer Chiefs), Duke Abuya (Nkana, Zambia), Cliff Nyakeya (Masr, Egypt), Duncan Otieno (Lusaka Warriors, Zambia), Lawrence Juma (Sofapaka, Kenya), Kenneth Muguna (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Kevin Simiyu (Nzoia Sugar, Kenya), Danson Chetambe (Bandari, Kenya), James Mazembe (Kariobangi Sharks, Kenya), David Owino (KCB, Kenya), Kevin Kimani (Wazito, Kenya), Boniface Muchiri (Tusker, Kenya), Abdalla Hassan (Bandari, Kenya)
Forwards: Michael Olunga (Al-Duhail, Qatar), Masoud Juma (Difaa Hassani El Jadidi, Morocco), Erick Kapaito (Kariobangi Sharks, Kenya), Elvis Rupia (AFC Leopards)
Kenya will host Egypt on March 25 at Kasarani earlier than an away recreation towards Claude Le Roy’s facet on March 29.