First Batch Of Harambee Stars Players Departs For Ethiopia


The first batch of five Kenya National football team, Harambee Stars players, on Saturday 6 October, 2018, jetted out to Ethiopia alongside coach Sébastien Migné, ahead of the upcoming two-legged Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier against Ethiopia.

The second batch will travel on Monday, with foreign-based players also set to link up with the team in Ethiopia on the same day.

Harambee Stars Coach Migné, has expressed optimism that Stars will give a good account of themselves while noting that captain Victor Wanyama’s inclusion is a big boost to the team’s pursuit for a second appearance at the continental showpiece.

“Of course it won’t be easy against Ethiopia since they are also equally strong, but my players are up to the task and I am confident we will get a positive result,” said coach Migné.

“We won against Ghana without our captain, it will be morale boosting for us to also win with him. He is one of our most experienced players and will be crucial for us against Ethiopia,” he added.

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The match has been slated for Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at the Bahir Dar Stadium, with the return leg set to be played on Sunday, October 14, 2018, at the MISC Kasarani.

The batch of players that traveled today include: Farouk Shikalo (Bandari), Philemon Otieno (Gor Mahia), Francis Kahata (Gor Mahia), Abdallah Hassan (Bandari) and Allan Wanga (Kakamega Homeboyz).

The second batch that travels on Monday include: Piston Mutamba (Sofapaka), Patrick Matasi (Tusker, Kenya), Dennis Odhiambo (Sofapaka) and Benard Ochieng (Vihiga United).

Other Harambee Stars, foreign players expected to join the team in Ethiopia also on Monday include: Musa Mohammed (Nkana FC, Zambia), Brian Mandela (Maritzburg FC, South Africa), Abud Omar (Cercle Brugge, Belgium), David Ochieng (IF Brommapojkarna, Sweden), Erick Ouma (Vasalund, Sweden), Ismael Gonzales (Las Palmas, Spain), Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspurs, England), Anthony Akumu (Zesco United, Zambia), Johanna Omollo (Cercle Brugge, Belgium), Paul Were (FC Kaisar, Kazakhstan), Michael Olunga (Kashiwa Reysol), Erick Johanna (IF Brommapojkarna) and Ovella Ochieng (Vasalund).

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Written by Bonface Osano

Communication And Media Student. Sports Writer.


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