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AYUB TIMBE. | COURTESY

Harambee Stars coach Sebastian Migne has named a 30-man provisional squad for next month’s Afcon 2019 qualifying match against Sierra Leone in Nairobi.

The Group F match is highly doubtful as the Fifa ban on Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) remains in force.

China-based speedy winger Ayub Timbe has been handed a maiden call-up under Migne after missing the last three outings due to suspension.

The 26-year-old Beijing Renhe player was given a three-match ban by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) for misconduct in Kenya’s 2-1 loss away to Sierra Leone in the first leg last year.

Timbe is currently enjoying a good form in the Chinese topflight and his return is expected to give more options in attack for Migne.

Also making a return is former Kariobangi Sharks striker Masud Juma, who recently joined Dibba Al Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates.

The French gaffer has also summoned England-based duo of Henry Ochieng and Jonah Ayunga.

Apart from the doubtful fixture against Sierra Leone, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) planning a friendly during the long international break which will run from 12 to 20 November, 2018.

According to sources, Stars are likely to face Senagal in a warm-up during that window.

Provisional Squad

Goalkeepers

Patrick Matasi (St Georges, Ethiopia), Farouk Shikalo (Bandari, Kenya), Brian Bwire (Kariobangi Sharks, Kenya)

Defenders

Musa Mohammed (Nkana FC, Zambia), Brian Mandela (Maritzburg United, South Africa), David Ochieng (IF Brommapojkarna, Sweden), Abud Omar (Cercle Brugge, Belgium), Erick Ouma (Vasalund, Sweden), Joseph Okumu (Real Monarchs, USA), Philemon Otieno (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Bernard Ochieng (Vihiga United, Kenya), Joash Onyango (Gor Mahia, Kenya)

Midfielders

Ismael Gonzalez (Las Palmas, Spain), Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspurs, England), Anthony Akumu (Zesco United, Zambia), Ayub Timbe (Beijing Renhe, China), Johanna Omollo (Cercle Brugge, Belgium), Eric Johanna (IF Brommapojkarna, Sweden), Paul Were (FC Kaisar, Kazakhstan), Henry Ochieng (Braintree Town, England), Francis Kahata (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Hassan Abdallah (Bandari, Kenya), Cliff Nyakeya (Mathare United, Kenya), Dennis Odhiambo (Sofapaka, Kenya)

Forwards

Michael Olunga (Kashiwa Reysol, Japan), Jonah Ayunga (Sutton United, England), Masud Juma (Aj Fujairah, UAE), Ovella Ochieng (Vasalund, Sweden), Allan Wanga (Kakamega Homeboyz, Kenya), Piston Mutamba (Sofapaka, Kenya)

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