NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne
has made several surprise calls in his bloated 38-member squad
ahead of their clash against Ghana in the Africa Nations Cup
qualifier in Nairobi on Sept 8.
The French coach has
given call-ups to Sweden’s Martizburg defender Brian Mandela
despite him serving a suspension. Others are Musa Mohammed,
Aboud Omar, Joseph Okumu and Eric Ouma.
“We have also called
up Maritzburg defender Brian Mandela, who is, however, suspended
for the match, to assess him in preparation for future
engagements,” said Coach Migne, Tuesday in Nairobi.
Also making a
surprise show on Migne’s list is captain Victor Wanyama, who has
not featured for his Tottenham team as he is carrying a knee
injury. His brother McDonald Mariga has also been called up,
alongside Jesse Were and Duncan Otieno.
Kenya lost to Sierra
Leone away last year, and need to beat Ghana’s Black Stars at
home to stand a chance of qualifying for the 2019 Africa Cup of
Nations in Cameroon.
Migne in a statement
said he has opted to call for 19 local based players and 19
plying their trade in foreign leagues.
However, the big
miss is Chinese Super League side Beijing Renhe winger Ayub
Timbe. Instead Migne will rely on Micheal Olunga, who recently
signed for J-League in Japan, un-attached Masoud Juma and Jesse
Were as the main strikers.
Local based players
are set to hit camp on September 2, 2018, ahead of the tie, with
their foreign-based counterparts scheduled to link up with the
team starting Sept. 3.