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No room for Matasi, Kahata as Mulee begins journey to 2021 AFCON  

Harambee Stars head coach Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee has swung into action just days after replacing the sacked Francis Kimanzi on a three-year contract.

Harambee Stars head coach Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee was unveiled on Wednesday replacing the sacked Francis Kimanzi on a three-year contract. PHOTO/FOOTBALL KENYA FEDERATION

Mulee who is coaching the national team for a record fifth time has named a provisional 40-man squad for next month’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Comoros.

Conspicuously missing from the list are established goalkeeper Patrick Matasi, Simba SC attacking midfielder Francis Kahata and Barnsley FC left-back Clarke Odour who came off the bench in Harambee Stars 2-1 friendly match win over Zambia’s Chipolopolo to earn his first cap for the country.

Established goalkeeper Patrick Matasi has missed out on the 40-man provisional squad together with Simba SC attacking midfielder Francis Kahata, Barnsley FC left-back Clarke Odour and Zesco United’s Jesse Were. PHOTO/COURTESY

Zesco United’s forward Jesse Were’s exile from the national team goes on despite the change of guard. Mulee who guided Kenya to the 2004 AFCON finals in Tunisia, has recalled Finland-based veteran goalkeeper Arnold Origi after a five-year Harambee Stars hiatus as Gor Mahia rookie Benson Omala and Sofapaka skipper Ellie Asiech also make the cut.

Sweden-based lanky center back Joseph Okumu, Japan’s topflight lead scorer Michael Olunga, captain Victor Wanyama and Cercle Brugge’s Johanna Omollo have also been included in the squad.

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The quadruple missed out on the friendly match against Zambia.

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Sweden-based lanky center-back Joseph Okumu has been included in the Harambee Stars squad. Okumu, captain Victor Wanyama, striker Michael Olunga and Johanna Omollo missed the friendly match against Zambia. PHOTO/COURTESY

The team kicks off non-residential training on Wednesday with foreign-based players begging to check in on November 2, before the squad is trimmed to the final 20.

The first leg of the qualifiers will be played at the Kasarani Stadium on November 11 before the return leg away to Comoros four days later.

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Below is the 40-man provisional squad named by Mulee.

 

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The 40-man provisional squad named by Mulee will be trimmed to a final 20 before the two-legged qualifier. PHOTO/FOOTBALL KENYA FEDERATION

GOALKEEPERS

Arnold Origi (HIFK, Finland), Robert Mboya (Tusker, Kenya), Brian Bwire (Kariobangi Sharks, Kenya), Ian Otieno (Zesco United, Zambia), Timothy Odhiambo (Ulinzi Stars, Kenya)

DEFENDERS

Johnstone Omurwa (Wazito, Kenya), Brian Mandela (Unattached), Joash Onyango (Simba, Tanzania), Daniel Sakari (Kariobangi Sharks, Kenya) Andrew Juma (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Mike Kibwage (Sofapaka, Kenya), Joseph Okumu (Elfsborg, Sweden), Samuel Olwande (Kariobangi Sharks, Kenya), Baraka Badi (KCB, Kenya), David Owino (Zesco United, Zambia), Hillary Wandera (Tusker, Kenya), Eric Ouma (AIK, Sweden), David Owino (Mathare United, Kenya)

MIDFIELDERS

Kenneth Muguna (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Victor Wanyama (Impact Montreal, Canada), Ismael Gonzalez (UD Las Palmas, Spain), Eric Johanna Omondi (Jonkoping’s Sodra, Sweden), Cliff Nyakeya (Masr FC, Egypt), Antony Akumu (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa), Musa Masika (Wazito, Kenya), Bonface Muchiri (Tusker, Kenya) Lawrence Juma (Sofapaka, Kenya), Johanna Omolo (Cercle Brugge, Belgium), Ayub Timbe (Unattached), Peter Thion’go (AFC Leopards, Kenya), Hassan Abdallah (Bandari, Kenya), Elli Asieche (Sofapaka, Kenya), Mathew Olake (Unattached), Moses Mudavadi (Kakamega Homeboyz, Kenya), Austin Odhiambo (AFC Leopards, Kenya)

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FORWARDS

Michael Olunga (Kashiwa Reysol, Japan), Benson Omala (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Masud Juma (JS Kabylie, Algeria), John Avire (Tanta FC, Egypt), Oscar Wamalwa (Ulinzi Stars, Kenya)

RESERVES

Dennis Sikhayi (Wazito, Kenya), James Kinyanjui (Mathare United, Kenya)

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