Harambee Stars coach Jacob Ghost Mulee reacts during their Friendly match against South Sudan at Nyayo national stadium on March 13, 2021. Kenya won 1-0. [Stafford Ondego, Standard]

Harambee Stars head coach Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee has axed eight players from his provisional squad ahead of the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Gor Mahia trio of Benson Omala, Clifton Miheso and Samuel Onyango are among the players dropped from the national team, which has been in camp for the past six days preparing to host Uganda in a World Cup qualifier on September 2 in Nairobi before facing Rwanda later in Kigali.

Wazito FC’s top scorer in last season’s campaign, Kevin Kimani has also been released alongside KCB duo of Nahashon Alembi and Baraka Badi.

Kariobangi Sharks goalkeeper Brandon Obiero and former AFC Leopards defender Clyde Senaji complete the list of players who have been released.

The dropping of Obiero comes in the wake of Mulee’s criticism when he announced his squad last week after he was questioned for picking two goalkeepers Brian Bwire and Brandon Obiero from Kariobangi Sharks.

Meanwhile, captain Victor Wanyama, Ayub Timbe, Johana Omollo, Joash Onyango, and Jesse Were are some of the high-profile players who were overlooked for the World Cup qualifiers.

Serbia-based Richard Odada, FC Talanta’s Enock Momanyi and Bandari’s Siraj Mohammed (Bandari) are the players who have earned their maiden call up to the national team.

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