Kenya name final squad for 2019 AFCON tournament

12Jun 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Kenya name final squad for 2019 AFCON tournament

KENYA’s Harambee Stars head coach, Sebastien Migne, has named the final squad for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Harambee Stars head coach, Sebastian Migne.

Migne’s side will face Taifa Stars in their second game of this year’s AFCON in Egypt in a game that is considered by both sides as possibly their best chance of picking up three points in a group that features highly ranked and tournament favourites, Senegal and Algeria.

The big names in the Kenyan squad include Michael Olunga and Victor Wanyama, as well as Francis Kahata, who has been heavily linked with a move to Tanzania’s Yanga and Simba.

Goalkeeper Farukh Shikalo is another included player who has been long rumoured to be on the move to Tanzania Premier League. Shikalo, who plays for Bandari, will be battling out for a place with Patrick Matasi.

Three of the players dropped from the 26-man provisional squad were ZESCO United midfielder Anthony Akumu, Maritzburg, defender Brian Mandela, who suffered an injury on Monday, and Sweden-based Christopher Mbamba.

The squad has set a training camp in France and will play a final warm-up game against Democratic Republic of Congo, on Saturday, June 15, 2019, in Madrid, Spain while Tanzania will play its first friendly on Thursday.

Meanwhile, as Tanzania continued with their training sessions since arriving in Egypt early Saturday morning for a two-week intensive pre-AFCON camp, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has announced that 30,000 fans will be allowed to attend Egypt's national soccer team friendly game against Taifa Stars that takes place at Alexandria's Borg El-Arab Stadium on Thursday.

Harambee Stars Full Squad

Goalkeepers: Patrick Matasi, John Oyemba, Faruk Shikalo

Defenders: Philemon Otieno, Abud Omar, Bernard Ochieng, Musa Mohammed, Joash Onyango, Joseph Okumu, David Owino, Eric Ouma

Midfielders: Victor Wanyama, Dennis Odhiambo, Erick Johanna, Ayub Timbe, Francis Kahata, Ismael Gonzalez, Ovella Ochieng, Paul Were, Johanna Omollo

Forwards: Masoud Juma, Michael Olunga, John Avire