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Harambee Stars Showdown!

Call it D day if you will, because tomorrow is the day our brave Harambee Stars go to war. Our enemy, the national football team of Comoros. Having beaten Togo in their previous match, the Comoros team seems up to task for the battle that lies ahead. A confident Comoros team is expected; since they are the only team that has won in group G. They better not under estimate the Stars were unable to get a victory over Egypt that this will be a walk over.

There have been numerous changes within the Harambee Stars, including the new head coach in town, ‘Ghost’ Mulee. This will be Mulee first time handling the Stars since appointment, replacing Francis Kimanzi.

‘Ghost’ Mulee admits that there is no fear in the hearts of the Harambee stars. Acknowledging and respecting their opponents capabilities, ‘Ghost’ believes that they are ready for the challenge. Even though the Super scorer, his greatness himself, Michael Olunga will not be in the lineup. The Japan based player will not be able to make it due to Covid 19 situation in Japan.

Forwards

Michael Olunga (Kashiwa Reysol, Japan), Benson Omala (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Masud Juma (JS Kabylie, Algeria), John Avire (Tanta FC, Egypt), Oscar Wamalwa (Ulinzi Stars, Kenya)

Midfielders

Kenneth Muguna (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Victor Wanyama (Impact Montreal, Canada), Ismael Gonzalez (UD Las Palmas, Spain), Eric Johanna Omondi (Jonkoping’s Sodra, Sweden), Cliff Nyakeya (Masr FC, Egypt), Antony Akumu (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa), Musa Masika (Wazito, Kenya), Bonface Muchiri (Tusker, Kenya) Lawrence Juma (Sofapaka, Kenya), Johanna Omolo (Cercle Brugge, Belgium), Ayub Timbe (Unattached), Peter Thion’go (AFC Leopards, Kenya), Hassan Abdallah (Bandari, Kenya), Elli Asieche (Sofapaka, Kenya), Mathew Olake (Unattached), Moses Mudavadi (Kakamega Homeboyz, Kenya), Austin Odhiambo (AFC Leopards, Kenya)

Defenders

Johnstone Omurwa (Wazito, Kenya), Brian Mandela (Unattached), Joash Onyango (Simba, Tanzania), Daniel Sakari (Kariobangi Sharks, Kenya) Andrew Juma (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Mike Kibwage (Sofapaka, Kenya), Joseph Okumu (Elfsborg, Sweden), Samuel Olwande (Kariobangi Sharks, Kenya), Baraka Badi (KCB, Kenya), David Owino (Zesco United, Zambia), Hillary Wandera (Tusker, Kenya), Eric Ouma (AIK, Sweden), David Owino (Mathare United, Kenya)

Goalkeepers

Arnold Origi (HIFK, Finland), Robert Mboya (Tusker, Kenya), Brian Bwire (Kariobangi Sharks, Kenya), Ian Otieno (Zesco United, Zambia), Timothy Odhiambo (Ulinzi Stars, Kenya)

“It feels great to be back in the national team,” says the Harambee Stars goal keeper, Arnold Origi. There was some uncertainty whether he would make the team since he was living and playing in Norway. Origi is a dual citizenship holder of both Kenya and Norway.

Reserves

Dennis Sikhayi (Wazito, Kenya), James Kinyanjui (Mathare United, Kenya)

This will be a hotly contested match, as Harambee stars try to get their first win. Comoros currently sits at the top of group G of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. Kenya comes after, and then Egypt who drew with Kenya, Togo sits wraps it up at the bottom of the group. Will the Stars shine in the end of this match, taking advantage of home match? Or will the enemy shoot them down from the sky, we shall find out on the 11th of November.   

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