Harambee Stars held their first training after arriving safely in Basra ahead of two FIFA International friendly matches against hosts Iraq and Thailand slated for Thursday, October 5 and Sunday, October 8, 2017.
The team has received a boost by the arrival of foreign-based players such as Girona FC striker Michael Olunga, Georgia based Eric Ouma and Bulgaria based Abud Omar.
Zambia based quintet of Anthony Akumu, Jesse Were, David Owino, Cliffton Miheso and John Mark Makwatta linked up with the local based players in Nairobi on Monday, October 2, 2017, before departure to Iraq.
Head coach Stanley Okumbi took charge of the team’s first training session on Tuesday October 3 and Zesco defender David Owino, who bears the captain’s armband in place of injured Victor Wanyama, was upbeat ahead of the friendly matches.
“Playing on a different continent will be good exposure for us ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers. We shall gain a lot of confidence and face the qualifiers when we are much more prepared,” said Captain David Owino.
Stars will on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 hold their second training session at the Basra International Stadium, the venue of the first friendly match against Iraq. The match will be the second on home soil for the hosts after FIFA lifted a ban on the country’s stadiums.
Patrick Matasi (Posta Rangers), Boniface Oluoch (Gor Mahia)
Haron Shakava (Gor Mahia), Robinson Kamura (AFC Leopards), Simon Mbugua (Posta Rangers), David Owino (Zesco FC), Musa Mohammed (Gor Mahia), Jockins Atudo (Posta Rangers), Dennis Sikhayi (AFC Leopards), Abud Omar (Slava Sofia), Erick Ouma (Kolkheti Poti)
Anthony Akumu (Zesco FC), Ernest Wendo (Gor Mahia), Patilah Omoto (Kariobangi Sharks), Kenneth Muguna, (Gor Mahia), Samuel Onyango (Ulinzi FC), Stephen Waruru (Ulinzi Stars), Eric Johana Omondi (Vasalund’s FC), Boniface Muchiri (Tusker FC), Cliffton Miheso (Buildcon FC)
John Mark Makwata (Buildcon FC), Masud Juma (Kariobangi Sharks), Jesse Jackson Were (Zesco FC), Michael Olunga (Girona FC)