Harambee Stars arrived safely in Basra ahead of two FIFA International Friendly matches against hosts Iraq and Thailand slated for Thursday, October 5 and Sunday, October 8, 2017
The contingent that left Nairobi was joined by foreign-based players, including Spain based Michael Olunga, Georgia based Eric Ouma and Bulgaria based Abud Omar.
Zambia based quintet of Anthony Akumu, Jesse Were, David Owino, Cliffton Miheso and John Mark Makwatta linked up with the local based players in Nairobi on Monday, October 2, 2017, before departure to Iraq
Zesco United defender David Owino will captain the side for the second time running following the absence of Victor Wanyama who is still out injured. Stars coach Stanley Okumbi says the two friendly matches will give the boys a good exposure ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers that resume in March 2018.
“Playing on a different continent will be good exposure for us ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers. We shall gain a lot of confidence and face the qualifiers when we are much more prepared,” said Captain David Owino
Patrick Matasi (Posta Rangers), Boniface Oluoch (Gor Mahia)
Haron Shakava (Gor Mahia), Robinson Kamura (AFC Leopards), Simon Mbugua (Posta Rangers), David Owino (Zesco FC), Musa Mohammed (Gor Mahia), Jockins Atudo (Posta Rangers), Dennis Sikhayi (AFC Leopards), Abud Omar (Slava Sofia), Erick Ouma (Kolkheti Poti)
Anthony Akumu (Zesco FC), Ernest Wendo (Gor Mahia), Patilah Omoto (Kariobangi Sharks), Kenneth Muguna, (Gor Mahia), Samuel Onyango (Ulinzi FC), Stephen Waruru (Ulinzi Stars), Eric Johana Omondi (Vasalund’s FC), Boniface Muchiri (Tusker FC), Cliffton Miheso (Buildcon FC)
John Mark Makwata (Buildcon FC), Masud Juma (Kariobangi Sharks), Jesse Jackson Were (Zesco FC), Michael Olunga (Girona FC)