AFCON: Wanyama, Omollo out as Mulee names provisional squad for Egypt, Togo qualifiers
Harambee Stars coach Jacob Ghost Mulee and his assistant Twahir Muhiddin follow action during their Friendly match against South Sudan at Nyayo national stadium on March 13, 2021. [Stafford Ondego, Standard]

Harambee Stars coach Jacob “Ghost” Mulee on Saturday named the provisional squad for the scheduled two Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Egypt (home) and Togo (away).

In the squad, Mulee has kept faith in the bulk of local-based players who played against Tanzania and South Sudan in the recent international friendlies.

However, Captain Victor Wanyama is missing from the squad alongside Johanna Omollo, who plies his trade in Turkey.

According to reports, Wanyama has just recently started preseason training with Montreal ahead of his first full season in the Major League Soccer. 

AFCON: Wanyama, Omollo out as Mulee names provisional squad for Egypt, Togo qualifiers
Harambee Stars Captain Victor Wanyama dribble ball past Comoros Ali M.madi during Group G match of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Comoros at Kasarani stadium. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

Among the foreign-based players called up include Qatar-based Michael Olunga who leads the foreign legion comprising of Morocco-based Masud Juma, Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Anthony Akumu, and Sweden-based duo of Eric Ouma and Joseph Okumu.

Ian Otieno, Duke Abuya, and Duncan Otieno, who ply their trade in Zambia, have also been called for the crucial qualifiers.

AFC Leopards forward Elvis Rupia, and his Kariobangi Sharks counterpart Erick Kapaito also make the list, while KCB defender Nahashon Alembi and Ulinzi Stars’ Harun Mwale have been retained.

Local-based players will report to camp on Sunday while the foreign-based will start checking in on Monday.

Kenya, third in Group ‘G’ of the qualifiers with three points, take on leaders Egypt in Nairobi on Thursday before travelling to Lome to face Togo on March 29.

Provisional Squad

Goalkeepers

Ian Otieno (Zesco United, Zambia), James Saruni (Ulinzi Stars, Kenya), Joseph Okoth (KCB, Kenya)

Defenders

Joseph Okumu (IF Elfsborg, Sweden), Eric Ouma (AIK, Sweden), Joash Onyango (Simba, Tanzania), Johnstone Omurwa (Wazito, Kenya), Nahashon Alembi (KCB, Kenya), Harun Mwale (Ulinzi Stars, Kenya), Daniel Sakari (Kariobangi Sharks, Kenya), Baraka Badi (KCB, Kenya)

Midfielders

Anthony Akumu (Kaizer Chiefs), Duke Abuya (Nkana, Zambia), Cliff Nyakeya (Masr, Egypt), Duncan Otieno (Lusaka Warriors, Zambia), Lawrence Juma (Sofapaka, Kenya), Kenneth Muguna (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Kevin Simiyu (Nzoia Sugar, Kenya), Danson Chetambe (Bandari, Kenya), James Mazembe (Kariobangi Sharks, Kenya), David Owino (KCB, Kenya), Kevin Kimani (Wazito, Kenya), Boniface Muchiri (Tusker, Kenya), Abdalla Hassan (Bandari, Kenya)

Forwards

Michael Olunga (Al-Duhail, Qatar), Masud Juma (Difaâ Hassani El Jadidi, Morocco), Erick Kapaito (Kariobangi Sharks, Kenya), Elvis Rupia (AFC Leopards)

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