All set for Kenya vs New Zealand in Hero Intercontinental Cup
Kenya takes to the Mumbai Football Arena pitch on Saturday evening against New Zealand
The Kenya national football team will take to the Mumbai Football Arena pitch on Saturday evening to take on New Zealand in their first match of the four-nation Hero Intercontinental Cup being staged in India.
It’s all systems go for Kenya for the match that kick off at 5:30pm Kenyan time. Coach Sebastien Migne linked up with the team after a visa hiatus. Thika United defender Dennis Odhiambo and Vihiga United’s Bernard Ochieng who are the latest callus also have joined Stars camp in Mumbai.
On paper, Kenya will be the favorites for this evenings’ clash as they are ranked 111th world wide, 22 positions above the Oceanic nation New Zealand.
Kenya's second match will be on Monday 4th June against hosts India who are ranked 14 places above. The third match against Chinese Taipei will be played on 8th June,2018
In the first match, Sunil Chhetri scored a hat-trick as India pumped in 5 goals past a hapless Chinese Taipei.
Hosts India are using the tournament to prepare for 2019 AFC Asian Cup while Kenya is building up for a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Cup qualifier against Ghana set for September.
Kenya got the invite as a replacement for South Africa after the South African Football Federation (SAFF) expressed its inability to participate in the four-nation tournament.
Harambee Stars Squad
Goalkeepers : Timothy Odhiambo (Ulinzi Stars), Patrick Matasi (Posta Rangers), Bryne Omondi (Tusker)
Defenders : Jockins Atudo (Posta Rangers), Musa Mohammed (Un-attached), Michael Kibwage (AFC Leopards), Bernard Ochieng (Vihiga United), Dennis Odhiambo (Thika United), Johnstone Omurwa (Mathare United), Bolton Omwenga (Kariobangi Sharks), Erick Ouma (KF Tirana)
Midfielders : Kenneth Muguna (KF Tirana), Vincent Wasambo (Kariobangi Sharks), Patillah Omotto (Kariobangi Sharks), Chrispin Oduor (Mathare United), Clifton Miheso (Buildcon FC), Duncan Otieno (AFC Leopards)
Attackers : Ovella Ochieng (Kariobangi Sharks), Timothy Otieno (Tusker FC), John Makwatta (Buildcon FC), Pistone Mutamba (Wazito FC)