The Harambe Star didn’t function within the earlier two qualifiers, the place the crew ended up shedding out on important factors on the highway
Head coach Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee and the Harambee Stars have acquired a significant enhance for his or her African Cup of Nations qualifiers in opposition to Egypt and Togo with Michael Olunga’s arrival.
The Al Duhail striker has joined his worldwide teammates for the primary time in additional than a 12 months since he was absent when the Harambee Stars took on Comoros in November and dropped key factors.
Olunga couldn’t journey for the double-header in opposition to the Islanders since there have been strict journey restrictions that had been applied because of the coronavirus pandemic.
He discovered himself in a tricky state of affairs since they had been put below isolation when six members of his former crew, Kashiwa Reysol contracted, the virus.
Along with his absence, Mulee needed to area Masoud Juma who scored handy Kenya a draw at dwelling in opposition to Comoros.
Kapaito and Rupia are in good type as they’re the primary and the second on the Premier League’s high scorers’ chart, with 14 and 11 targets, respectively.
Zesco United’s Ian Otieno, Duke Abuya of Nkana, Duncan Otieno of Lusaka Dynamos and Cliff Nyakeya of FC Masr have additionally arrived forward of the March 25 encounter in opposition to the Pharaohs.
Joseph Okumu of IF Elfsborg, Kaizer Chiefs’ Anthony Akumu, Eric Ouma of AIK, and Joash Onyango of Simba SC are anticipated to reach later.
Given the proven fact that Kenya dropped 4 essential factors in opposition to Comoros, wins in opposition to the African giants and the Sparrowhawks of Togo might be important of their pursuit of a back-to-back Afcon ticket.
Captain Victor Wanyama, Eric Johanna, and Johanna Omollo had been dropped as Mulee most popular a midfield dominated by native stars. Ayub Timbe, who just lately accomplished a transfer to Vissel Kobe of Japan, was additionally neglected.
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)