Qatar 2022: Kenya release provisional squad for Mali double header

Harambee Stars play Mali away, in Morocco, on October 7, before traveling back for the home match on October 10, 2021.

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Engin Firat, the new Harambee Stars coach has named a 34-man provisional squad for the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Mali in Morocco (Away) and Nairobi.

He has recalled Spain-based Ismael Gonzalez, Ovella Ochieng who plays in South Africa, and goalkeeper Faruk Shikhalo who all featured in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations squad. Simba’s Joash Onyango has also returned to the squad, for the first time since March.

Richard Odada, who made his first senior start in the opening match of the campaign against Uganda, is also part of the squad.

According to the program released by FKF, the local-based players enter camp on Thursday, September 30, 2021, in Nairobi. Foreign-based players will however join the camp starting this weekend depending on their clubs’ commitments.

Harambee Stars play Mali away, in Morocco, on October 7, before traveling back for the home match on October 10, 2021. The team leaves for Morocco on October 4, 2021.

Kenya is currently second on the standings on two points, two behind leaders Mali, and level on points with Uganda. Rwanda is at the bottom of group E with just a point from two games.

Kenya’s first XI that drew 0-0 against Uganda in the first game of the campaign in Nyayo | File.

THE SQUAD:

Goalkeepers

Ian Otieno (Zesco, Zambia), Faruk Shikhalo (KMC, Tanzania), James Saruni (Ulinzi Stars), Brian Bwire (Tusker)

Defenders

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)

Midfielders

Richard Odada (Red Star Belgrade, Serbia), Lawrence Juma (Sofapaka), Patila Omoto (Kariobangi Sharks), Ismael Gonzalez (Real 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)

Forwards

Michael Olunga (Al-Duhail, Qatar), Henry Meja (Tusker, Kenya), Sydney Lokale (Kariobangi Sharks), Erick Kapaito (Kariobangi Sharks)

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