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Stars prepare for World Cup Qualifiers

Harambee Stars held their first residential training session at the Utalii Grounds ahead of the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers back-to-back matches against Uganda and Rwanda.

All local-based players called up for national duty reported to camp yesterday, save for AFC Leopards influential forward Elvis Rupia who will be replaced by Tusker’s Henry Meja.

Harambee Stars defender Eugene Asike spoke on their first training session ahead of the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers against Uganda and Rwanda.

“Today’s training session was fruitful and exciting, we got to see how good our endurance is and I believe over the next training sessions we will improve and be in our best form for the crucial 2022 World Cup qualifier matches against Uganda and Rwanda,” said Eugene Asike.

Lawrence Juma hopes to transcend his good form from the just culminated FKF Premier League to Harambee Stars so as to help the team get a positive result.

‘I aim to transfer my good form from the league to the team and help attain a positive result in the crucial back-to-back 2022 World Cup qualifier matches against Uganda and Rwanda,’ said Lawrence Juma.

Foreign-based players are set to start checking into camp from Monday, August 30, 2021.

Stars will face Uganda on September 2, 2021, after which they will head to Rwanda tentatively on September 3 to face Amavubi (The Wasps) on September 5, 2021.

Provisional Squad of the following Goalkeepers Ian Otieno (Zesco United, Zambia), James Saruni (Ulinzi Stars, Kenya), Joseph Okoth (KCB, Kenya), Brian Bwire (Kariobangi Sharks, Kenya), Brandon Obiero (Kariobangi Sharks)

Defenders include Joseph Okumu (KAA Gent, Belgium), Eric Ouma (AIK, Sweden), Eugene Asike (Tusker, Kenya), Nashon Alembi (KCB, Kenya), Harun Shakava (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Andrew Juma (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Siraj Mohammed (Bandari, Kenya), Clyde Senaji (AFC Leopards,), Frank Odhiambo (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Bolton Omwenga (Nairobi City Stars, Kenya), Daniel Sakari (Kariobangi Sharks, Kenya), Baraka Badi (KCB, Kenya).

Midfielders are; Richard Odada (Red Star Belgrade, Serbia), Duke Abuya (Nkana, Zambia), Duncan Otieno (Lusaka Warriors, Zambia), Lawrence Juma (Sofapaka, Kenya), Kenneth Muguna (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Kevin Kimani (Wazito, Kenya), Patillah Omoto (Kariobangi Sharks, Kenya), Enock Momanyi (FC Talanta, Kenya), Jackson Macharia (Tusker, Kenya), Eric Johanna (Jonkopings Sondra IF, Sweden) Boniface Muchiri (Tusker, Kenya), Abdalla Hassan (Bandari, Kenya).

Forwards include Michael Olunga (Al-Duhail, Qatar), Masud Juma (Difaâ Hassani El Jadidi, Morocco), Cliffton Miheso (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Erick Kapaito (Kariobangi Sharks, Kenya), Henry Meja (Tusker), Samuel Onyango (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Benson Omalla (Gor Mahia, Kenya).

By Alice Gworo

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