As Kenya prepares to take on Tanzania in the second match at the 2019 African Cup of Nations at the June 30 Stadium in Cairo, Egypt, expectations are high that head coach Sebastien Migne will definitely make changes to the starting team.
The coach’s hand will be forced both by performance related issues and the growing injury list in his squad, especially in defence, where he is now operating with a number of key players unavailable.
With news of defender Philemon Otieno’s injury ahead of this clash, there is no doubt that crowd favorite David Calabar Owino will get a start at the right back.
It is a makeshift position for the defender but not unfamiliar, having played in the same position years back, at the team and at Gor Mahia.
That is just one of the expected changes. We also expect to see a more defensive minded Erick Marcelo Ouma starting after a great show in the second half of the loss to Algeria.
While Marcelo is naturally a defender, he gives the team an added advantage with his cross when deployed in an advanced position and he will also be key in winning midfield tackles against a physical Tanzanian side.
Head coach Migne is expected to hand him Eric Johanna’s place.
Holding midfielder Dennis Omino is also reported to have picked a knock against Algeria in the opening game and may be rested for this match, which means Migne will want to deploy Victor Wanyama as the defensive shield in midfield.
Johanna Omollo is expected to take Omino’s place in the team after an impressive second half show against Algeria.
Francis Kahata, who had a below par game against Algeria and was withdrawn at half time, may keep his starting berth, to provide the creativity going forward, with Michael Olunga and Ayub Timbe sure starters.
Probable line up:
Patrick Matasi (GK), David Odhiambo, Musa Mayeko, Joseph Okumu, Abud Omar, Victor Wanyama (c), Johanna Omollo, Erick Ouma, Ayub Timbe, Francis Kahata, Michael Olunga.