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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Stars up training ahead of friendlies and AFCON qualifiers

By The Frontier Post Sports

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Harambee Stars has  stepped up preparations ahead of the upcoming three friendlies and 2021 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers back-to-back matches against Egypt and Togo this month.

Stars Head Coach Jacob Ghost Mulee has assembled some 19 local-based players while the foreign based players will join the team once they are released by their clubs.

In the training session on Monday, Wazito trio Peter Odhiambo, Johnstone Omurwa and Kevin Kimani, Gor Mahia’s duo Kenneth Muguna and John Macharia and Nairobi City Stars Oliver Maloba missed the session due to club assignments in the BetKing Premier League while Gor Mahia’s Benson Omalla, is out on school assignments.

The players settled in at camp on Sunday and will leave on Tuesday, allowing them to report to their respective clubs on Wednesday.

Stars will play South Sudan in their first friendly on March 13, 2021, before hosting Tanzania in back-to-back matches on March 15, 2021, and March 18, 2021, in Nairobi.

The team will then host Egypt on March 22, 2021, before traveling to Togo for the 2020 Africa Cup of Nations final qualifying rounds on March 30, 2021.

These matches will be used as build-up matches towards the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers that get underway in June 2021.

The Provisional Squad include Goalkeepers Brian Bwire (Kariobangi Sharks), James Saruni (Ulinzi Stars), Joseph Okoth (KCB), Peter Odhiambo (Wazito), Sam Adisa (Bidco).

Defenders in the camp include Johnstone Omurwa (Wazito), Michael Kibwage (Sofapaka), Samuel Olwande (Kariobangi Sharks), Nahashon Alambi (KCB), Bonface Onyango (Kariobangi Sharks), David Owino (KCB), Daniel Sakari (Kariobangi Sharks) and Baraka Badi (KCB).

The midfielder has Lawrence Juma (Sofapaka), Kenneth Muguna (Gor Mahia), Collins Shichenje (AFC Leopards), Micheal Mutinda (KCB), Musa Masika (Wazito), John Macharia (Gor Mahia), Reagan Otieno (KCB), James Mazembe (Kariobangi Sharks), Oliver Maloba (Nairobi City Stars), Bonface Muchiri (Tusker), Kevin Kimani (Wazito) and Abdalla Hassan (Bandari).

Forwards include Erick Kapaito (Kariobangi Sharks), Elvis Rupia (AFC Leopards), Henry Meja (Tusker) and Benson Omalla (Gor Mahia) respectively.

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