Captain Victor Wanyama leads foreign based players for Uganda and Congo friendly

Captain Victor Wanyama leads foreign based players for Uganda and Congo friendly
  • Kenya will play Uganda Cranes and Congo in friendly matches during the Fifa international week.
  • The matches that will be staged at the Machakos Stadium are set for Thursday 23rd and Sunday 26th respectively.
  • Stars last played with Cranes in Kampala last August in a match that ended barren.
  • The matches will be used as part of the preparations for the  2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers set for next June.

Captain Victor Wanyama of English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspurs is among the 11 foreign-based players that have been called up for Harambee Stars upcoming friendlies against Uganda and DR Congo.

The squad announced on Monday 20th March by head coach Stanley Okumbi also sees the return of New York Cosmos centre-half David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng and Royal Antwerp midfielder Johanna Omollo for the upcoming friendly matches.

READ ALSO: Harambee Stars in line for Cranes and DR Congo friendly matches

Cheche has been a mainstay for Cosmos who he joined in February 2016 while Omollo recently helped Antwerp gain promotion to the Belgian top flight league.

Harambee Stars players celebrate scoring a goal in a recent match. Stars will play Uganda Cranes and Congo on Thursday 23rd and Sunday 26th respectively at the Machakos Stadium (File photo)

Stars will take on Cranes for the first of the two friendlies set for Thursday, March 23 at the Machakos Stadium with the Congo match taking place three days later on Sunday at the same venue.

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Also called up to the squad are Zesco United trio Antony Akumu, David Owino and Jesse Were as well as Eric Ouma of FC Kolkheti, and  Michael Olunga of Guizhou Zhicheng.

Guizhou Zhicheng forward  Michael Olunga is among the foreign-based players that have been called for the friendly matches against Uganda and Congo (Photo Courtesy)

The 11 foreign based players will link up with the 26 local players who were named two weeks earlier. Uganda and Congo are both expected in the country later Monday 20th. The teams will use the matches for their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers set for June, with Kenya first playing Sierra Leone while Uganda and Congo will take on Cape Verde Islands and Congo respectively.

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