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Joash Onyango out as Firat names Harambee Squad for World Cup qualifiers

FOOTBALL By Washington Onyango | November 1st 2021
Harambee Stars' training as they prepare for the upcoming back to back 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Mali at Utalii College Sports Club on Friday, October 1, 2921. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

Former Gor Mahia defender and (Kenyan Premier League) KPL Most Valuable Player Joash Onyango has been left out of the national team again after Harambee Stars coach Engin Firat named his 27-man squad for the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Uganda and Rwanda on Monday.

After being overlooked by former coach Jacob Mulee, Onyango who turns out for Tanzanian giants Simba SC was handed a lifeline by the Turkish tactician in October which turned out to be disastrous after Kenya was hammered 5-0 by Mali.

On the bright side, Firat has handed debut call ups to Belgium based Wilkins Ochieng and Nairobi City Stars’ Timothy Ouma.

Michael Mutinda, Philemon Otieno, Anthony Akumu and Eric Johanna make a return to the Stars fold.

Stars are scheduled to kick off residential training on November 6, 2021, in Nairobi.

The team plays against Uganda on November 11, at St. Mary’s Stadium Kitende, and against Rwanda on November 15 at the Nyayo National Stadium.

Full Squad

Goalkeepers

Ian Otieno (Zesco, Zambia), Brian Bwire (Tusker), James Saruni (Ulinzi Stars), Gad Mathews (Gor

Mahia)

Defenders

Stanley Okumu (KAA Gent, Belgium), Abud Omar (AEL Larissa, Greece), Eric Ouma (AIK,

Sweden), Bolton Omwenga (Kagera Sugar, Tanzania), Eugene Asike (Tusker), Johnstone Omurwa

(Wazito), Philemon Otieno (Gor Mahia)

Midfielders

Amos Nondi (Dilagori, Georgia), Richard Odada (Redstar Belgrade, Serbia), Anthony Wambani

(Vasalunds, Sweden), Kenneth Muguna (Azam, Tanzania), Alwyn Tera (FC Ararat, Armenia),

Anthony Akumu (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa), Wilkins Ochieng (Club Brugge), Michael Mutinda

(KCB), Duke Abuya (Kenya Police), Timothy Ouma (Nairobi City Stars), Eric Johanna Omondi

(Jonkopings, Sweden), Boniface Muchiri (Tusker), Abdallah Hassan (Bandari)

Forwards

Michael Olunga (Al Duhail, Qatar), Masud Juma (Difaâ Hassani El Jadidi, Morocco), Ismael

Dunga (Sagan Tosu, Japan)

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