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Big Changes As Firat Names Squad For Final World Cup Qualifiers

Harambee Stars head coach Engin Firat has handed Club Brugge midfielder Wlilkins Ochieng his maiden national team call up, as he named a 27-man squad for the remaining World Cup qualifiers against Uganda and Rwanda set for this month.

Georgia based Amos Nondi, Timothy Ouma of Nairobi City Stars have also earned their first call ups.

KCB’s Michael Mutinda, Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Anthony Akumu, Gor Mahia’s Philemon Otieno, Eric Johannah, Sweden based Athony Wambani and Ismael Dunga, who plies his trade with the Japanese side Sagan Tosu have been included after missing in the previous international duties.

Nondi, who turned out for Gor Mahia before moving to Georgia, had captained the U-20 side while Armenia based Alwyn Tera has not been in the team before is also included.

Wambani, formerly with Bandari FC made his debut for the national team at the 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in Kampala, Uganda, but has not been called since then.

Conspicuously, the coach has not called up defender Joash Onyango, former Tusker FC Henry Meja, Spain based midfielder Ismael Gonzalez and Napsa Stars’ defender David Owino has also not been recalled.

Gonzalez was unused in the last qualifiers against Mali despite being summed in the team, while Onyango and Meja were fielded out their usual positions.

Kenya will be away to Uganda on November 11, before finishing their Group E matches with a home tie against Rwanda three days later in what are dead rubber fixtures.

Stars are winless in four matches, as Rwanda is while Uganda are still dreaming of outshining leaders Mali and qualify for the last round of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

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