Avirre, Masud, Ovella make Stars squad, Jesse, Cheche miss out

The Kenya national team Harambee Stars provisional squad for the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt has been named with a very few surprises springing out of head coach Sebastien Migne’s bag.

The biggest omission from the team will perhaps be Zambia based Jesse Were. The red hot Zesco United forward has been overlooked, unsurprisingly so, going by Migne’s previous squads while another notable absentee is AFC Leopards utility man, David Cheche Ochieng.

Avirre, Ovella, Mbamba

As the two miss out, Sofapaka forward John Avirre will make it to the squad, as well as Masud Juma and Sweden based Ovella Ochieng. Also making it to the squad is Zimbabwean born Christopher Mbamba, a naturalized Kenyan.

Kariobangi Sharks keepers Brian Bwire and John Oyemba, Bandari’s Farouk Shikhalo and St. George’s Patrick Matasi are all in the 30 man list while Joseph Okumu is the surprise inclusion in the defence which also has Philemon Otieno, Brian Mandela, David Owino, Joash Onyango, Aboud Omar, Erick Ouma, Musa Mohamed and Bernard Ochieng.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Farouk Shikhalo, Patrick Matasi, John Oyemba, Brian Bwire.

Defenders: Joseph Okumu, Musa Mohamed, Philemon Otieno, Brian Mandela, David Owino, Joash Onyango, Aboud Omar, Erick Ouma and Bernard Ochieng.

Midfielders: Victor Wanyama, Ismael Gonzalez, Athony Akumu, Dennis Odhiambo, Johanna Omollo, Francis Kahata, Paul Were, Eric Johanna, Clifton Miheso, Ovella Ochieng, Ayub Timbe

Forwards: Michael Olunga, Masoud Juma, Christopher Mbamba, John Avire, Allan Wanga, Whyvhonne Isuza