Kenya names strong squad for Mali World Cup Qualifiers

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

The Harambee Stars will play Mali away in Morocco on October 7, 2021, before returning home on October 10, 2021.

Firat has recalled defender Joash Onyango, goalkeeper Farouk Shikhalo, and midfielders Ismael Gonzalez and Ovella Ochieng’.

Local players will report to camp on September 30, 2021, in Nairobi. Over the weekend, foreign-based players will join the team, dependent on their league commitments.

The team will depart for Morocco on October 4, 2021.

Kenya’s first two matches ended in a 0-0 draw against Uganda and a 1-1 draw against Rwanda.

The East Africans are now in second place in the group, trailing Mali by two points.

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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