In Summary :

  • Harambee Stars, kicked off preparations  for the scheduled friendly match against Russia.
  • Kenya are set to return to the international stage in November for the 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.
  • They are placed in Group F, alongside Seychelles, Burundi, Gambia, Gabon, and Côte d’Ivoire.
  • The top team in the group qualify to the 2026 FIFA World Cup that will be jointly hosted by 16 cities

The Kenya National Team, Harambee Stars, kicked off preparations today, for the scheduled friendly match against Russia.

Fourteen players who formed the first batch that traveled on Monday held their first training session today morning.

The players include Patrick Matasi, Brian Bwire, Bryne Odhiambo, Daniel Sakari, Vincent Harper, Amos Nondi, Richard Odada, Anthony Akumu, Kenneth Muguna, Alpha Onyango, Ovella Ochieng, Alfred Scriven, Cliffton Miheso, and Moses Shummah.

Seven more, Joseph Okumu, Brian Mandela, Collins Sichenje, Erick Ouma, Rooney Onyango, Masoud Juma, and Michael Olunga, are expected to link up with the team later today. Johnstone Omurwa and Ayub Timbe, meanwhile, are expected in camp on Thursday.

Coach Firat has, additionally, expressed confidence that influential defender Daniel Anyembe will be available for selection when the team faces Russia on Monday. Anyembe could not be named in the traveling team as the coach had not secured his release from the club yet at the time of travel.

“We wanted to have Anyembe in camp, but his club was reluctant to release him. We have communicated to them officially and we hope that we’ll have him here in time for the match on Monday,” said coach Firat.

Kenya are set to return to the international stage in November for the 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

They are placed in Group F, alongside Seychelles, Burundi, Gambia, Gabon, and Côte d’Ivoire.

The top team in the group qualify to the 2026 FIFA World Cup that will be jointly hosted by 16 cities in three North American countries.

Canada, Mexico and United States will host the games that has been expanded in terms of the teams participating in the tournament.

48 teams will qualify for the tournament that has been expanded from 32.

 

 

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