As the Kenya national team Harambee Stars prepares to take on cross border rivals Uganda Cranes, it has been communicated officially that skipper Victor Wanyama will not be teaming up. In his absence, head coach Francis Kimanzi has picked on Michael Olunga to lead the team.
Olunga will don the armband in the match as revealed by Kimanzi in the team’s open session on Thursday 5 September at Moi International Sports Center, Kasarani.
Apart from Wanyama’s absence, Kimanzi’s decision to pick on the Kashiwa Reysol man was also informed by the fact that he is among the most experienced players in the team at the moment.
“When you don’t have your regular captain, you have to look around among your most experienced players and Olunga stands out on that aspect. That is among the reasons we felt he is best placed to lead the team,” Kimanzi said.
Olunga will be deputised by Gor Mahia defender Joash Onyango.
Meanwhile, the only player absent from the Thursday 5 September morning session was China based Ayub Timbe, who was expected to land in Nairobi on Wednesday night. Kimanzi declined to comment about him.