February 29, 2024

Olunga to captain Harambee Stars Squad against Iran

Olunga to captain Harambee Stars Squad against Iran

There are a few surprises to the squad mainly in the striking department where Norway based Alfred Scriven has been given a nod.

After missing out on playing their CECAFA counterparts Burundi, the national soccer team Harambee Stars will now take on Iran in an international friendly to be played in Tehran on March 28.

The Football Kenya Federation confirmed the development on Wednesday afternoon, barely a day after Burundi opted to pull out of a double header with Kenya.

Initially, Kenya and Burundi had been scheduled to play back to back friendly matches in Nairobi on March 25 and March 28.

Head coach Engin Firat has meanwhile named a provisional squad on 36 players who are expected in camp on Friday March 17 in preparation for the encounter and will be captained by Qatar based Michael Olunga. 

There are a few surprises to the squad mainly in the striking department where Norway based Alfred Scriven has been given a nod.

New Kenya Police keeper Patrick Matasi makes a comeback to the team and he will battle out with former teammate at Posta Rangers Ian Otieno who now plies his trade in Zambia with Zesco United. There are debut call ups for FKF Premier League keepers Bryne Otieno of KCB and Levin Opiyo of AFC Leopards. 

Harambee Stars Provisional Squad 

Goalkeepers

Patrick Matasi (Police FC), Ian Otieno (Zesco, Zambia), Bryne Odhiambo (KCB), Levin Opiyo (AFC Leopards)

Defenders

Joseph Okumu (Gent, Belgium), Brian Mandela (Mamelodi Sundowns,South Africa), Johnstone Omurwa (Estrela, Portugal), Eric Ouma (AIK, Sweden), Andrew Juma (Bandari), David Ochieng (Mathare United), Maurice Owino (KCB), Collins Shichenje (AIK, Sweden), Mohamed Siraj (Bandari), Daniel Anyembe (Viborg, Denmark), Daniel Sakari (Tusker), Abud Omar (Kenya Police)

Midfielders

Amos Nondi (Ararat, Armenia), Richard Odada (Philadelphia Union, USA), Teddy Akumu (Sagan Tosu, Japan), Alpha Onyango (Gor Mahia), Joseph Mwangi (Nzoia Sugar), Kenneth Muguna (Azam, Tanzania), Abdallah Hasan (Bandari), Duke Abuya (Kenya Police), Wilkims Ochieng (FC Koper, Slovenia), Moses Mudavadi (KK Homeboyz), Alvin Mang’eni (Kenya Police), Hasan Beja (Nzoia Sugar), Victor Omune (AFC Leopards)

Forwards

Benson Omalla (Gor Mahia), Elvis Rupia (Kenya Police), Michael Olunga (Al Duhail, Qatar), Masud Juma (Difaâ Hassani El Jadidi, Morocco), Alfred Scriven (IL Hødd, Norway)