The Kenya national team, Harambee Stars on Sunday 21 July commenced preparations for the 2020 African Nations Championships (CHAN) qualifier against Tanzania, with head coach Sebastien Migne keen on getting his charges psychologically prepared for a tough encounter.
While a number of the players in the team will be facing Tanzania for the first time, Migne and a few of his charges have already experienced first hand what Tanzania has to offer, after meeting Taifa Stars at the just concluded African Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals in Egypt.
Local based players
The coach is particularly excited about the chance to work with locally based players and hopes that they can start off with a win as focus stay trained on qualifying for the first ever CHAN finals.
“It will not be easy but it will be a good experience for me to look at some locally based players. I think we will be able to compete but first we have to be able to beat Tanzania. It will be 50-50; we will try to develop a good team spirit, because without that it will be difficult,” he said.
Players in camp:
Goalkeepers: John Oyemba (Kariobangi Sharks), James Saruni (Ulinzi Stars)
Defenders: Philemon Otieno (Gor Mahia), Yusuf Mainge (AFC Leopards), Joash Onyango (Gor Mahia), Benard Ochieng (Wazito), Mike Kibwage (KCB), Andrew Juma (Mathare United), David Owino (Mathare United)
Midfielders: Dennis Odhiambo (Sofapaka), Teddy Osok (Wazito), Kenneth Muguna (Gor Mahia), Duke Abuya (Kariobangi Sharks), Patillah Omoto (Kariobangi Sharks), Paul Were (AFC Leopards), Samuel Onyango (Gor Mahia), Roy Okal (Mathare United), Whyvone Isuza (AFC Leopards), Abdalla Hassan (Bandari), Ibrahim Shambi (Ulinzi Stars)
Forwards: John Avire (Sofapaka), Musa Masika (Wazito), Nicholas Kipkirui (Gor Mahia), Sydney Lokale (Kariobangi Sharks), Piston Mutamba (Wazito), Enosh Ochieng (Ulinzi Stars), Derrick Otanga (Wazito).