In Summary
  • The squad has a blend of local and internationally-based players.
  • John Avire makes a return to the national team fold.
  • The four nation tournament will feature Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe

Coach Engin Firat has named the Harambee Stars provisional squad for the upcoming four-nations tournament set to take place between March 18, and March 26, 2024, in Malawi.

The squad has a blend of local and internationally-based players.

Captain Michael Olunga, Ayub Timbe, Joseph Okumu, Johnstone Omurwa, Eric Ouma, Amos Nondi, Richard Odada, and Teddy Akumu, are some players forming the foreign-based contingent.

Notably, Alphonce Omija earns his debut callup to the national team having featured for the U17 junior team.

Shariff Musa, Bonphas Munyasa, Chris Erambo and Kaycie Odhiambo have also earned their maiden national team call ups.

READ also:Harambee Stars Ayub Timbe Joins Sabail FC

John Avire makes a Comeback
Kenyan striker John Avire /Photo Courtesy

 

Additionally, John Avire makes a return to the national team fold.

The four nation tournament will feature Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe. This tournament presents a valuable opportunity to play more matches within the short international window, in preparation for the upcoming 2026 FIFA World Cup and 2025 AFCON qualifying campaigns.

Goalkeepers

Ian Otieno (Zesco-Zambia), Patrick Matasi (Kenya Police), Byrne Odhiambo (Bandari), Bonphas Munyasa (Muranga Seal)

Defenders

Collins Sichenje (AIK-Sweden), Joseph Okumu (Reims-France), Johnstone Omurwa (Estrela-Portugal), Dennis Ng’ang’a (Zanaco Zambia), Daniel Anyembe (Viborg-Denmark), Amos Nondi (Ararat), Abud Omar (Kenya Police), Eric Ouma (Rakow-Poland)

 

Midfileders

Alphonce Omija (Dhofar-Oman), Kaycie Odhiambo (AFC Leopards), Chris Erambo (Tusker), Richard Odada (Aalborg-Denmark), Anthony Akumu (Sagan Tosu), Kenneth Muguna (Kenya Police), David Sakwa (Bandari), Shariff Musa (Gor Mahia), Ayub Timbe (Sebail-Azeberijan), Eric Johanna  (UTA-Romania), Rooney Onyango (Gor Mahia)

Forwards

John Avire (Sekka), Michael Olunga (Duhail-Oman), Jonah Ayunga (ST. Mirren-Scotland), Benson Omalla (Gor Mahia)

Netizens React

Football fans have taken to X ,  commenting on the named squad, some comments are captured below

‘Nothing new cabrons Same squad sake results Old player”

‘New talents ought to be considered too”

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