Defender David Owino and striker Edwin Lavatsa have been named by new Harambee stars coach Adel Amrouche. Lavatsa has been in sensational form recently for both club and country. He would be a perfect person to partner Dennis Oliech upfront.
Omitted from the team are several key players including Gor Mahia’s defensive midfielder Anthony Akumu. Yet Akumu is exactly the kind of defensive bulwark that Harambee stars would need when facing the defending Africa nations cup champions.
Other Kogalo players who previously featured for the national team like Rama Salim and Kevin Omondi have also been omitted.
Also missing from the squad are stalwarts like Jockins Atudo, Humphrey Mieno and of course MacDonald Mariga who has decided to boycott the national team. Based on current form, former Gor Mahia pass master Peter Opiyo should have also been included.
It will be a difficult outing for the national team. They always find it difficult to play Nigeria away and the score inevitably ends 3-0. And even at home, Kenya have yet to beat Nigeria. Heres hoping Amrouche can find the magic formula to end this particular jinx
Goalkeepers: Arnold Origi, Duncan Ochieng
Defenders: Abdalla Juma, David Owino, Brian Mandela, Mark Odhiambo, Mulinge Ndeto
Midfielders: Victor Wanyama, George Owino, David Ochieng, Jamal Mohammed, David Gateri, Edwin Lavatsa, Paul Were, Francis Kahata, Johanna Omolo
Strikers: Christian Bwamy, Dennis Oliech, Jacob Keli.