The Kenya national team Harambee Stars will on Sunday 29 May be taking on Tanzania in an international friendly match aimed at helping both teams to prepare well for the upcoming 2017 AFCON qualifiers.
The match will mark the two nations’ 59th meeting with Kenya having the edge after winning 23 of the previous 58 and losing 19. 16 matches have ended in draws. The last time they faced off was in the 2013 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup semi final which Kenya won 1 – 0.
It will be the third match for the Kenya coach Stanley Okumbi after two straight losses to Guinea Bissau and he will definitely be gunning for a win.
For Tanzania, Charles Boniface Mkwasa has been in charge for seven matches since taking over the reins in June 2015. He has won two times, drawn thrice and lost twice. He faces Kenya for the first time as Taifa Stars Head Coach.
Kenya has been boosted by the arrival of its foreign legion led by Captain Victor Wanyama, Belgian based winger Ayub Timbe, others, Anthony Akumu, Jesse Were and David Owino (Zesco United, Zambia), Ismael Gonzalez (Spain) and Ajax Cape Town’s Victor Ali Hassan Abondo.
Other foreign based stars, Michael Olunga and Arnold Origi are busy with club duty in Sweden and Norway respectively while Belgium based Johanna Omollo is out injured.
Tanzania will miss their star man Mbwana Samatta of KRC Genk while Thomas Ulimwengu of TP Mazembe is also unavailable
Mkwasa will highly depend on the master class of John Raphael Bocco, Himid Mao, Farid Mussa of Azam FC and controversial Mwinyi Kazimoto who is likely to wear the captain’s armband in the match.
Of the two, Kenya is better ranked, at position 116 in the World compared to Tanzania’s 129th. In the continent, Kenya is 33rd while Tanzania is at position 41 with 274 points, 29 points below Kenya.
Goalkeepers: Boniface Oluoch (Gor Mahia), Lucas Indeche (AFC Leopards) and David Okello (Tusker FC)
Defenders: Brian Mandela (Maritzburg United), Aboud Omar (Slavia Sofia), Musa Mohammed, Erick Ouma (Gor Mahia), David Owino (Zesco United), Joackins Atudo (Posta Rangers), Dancun Otewa (Bandari) and Collins Shivachi (Tusker FC)
Midfielders: Ismail Said Athman (Las Palmas), Joseph Mbugi (Posta Rangers), Anthony Akumu (Zesco United), Victor Wanyama (Southampton), Eric Johanna (Mathare United), Francis Kahata (Gor Mahia), Humphrey Mieno (Tusker FC), Ayub Timbe (Lierse SK), Ali Abondo (Ajax Capetown), Paul Were (Clubless), Clifford Miheso (AFC Leopards) and Ovella Ochieng (Kariobangi Sharks).
Strikers: Masita Masuta (Nzoia United), Wycliffe Ochomo (Muhoroni Youth), Mark Makwatta (Ulinzi Stars) and Jesse Were (Zesco United)
Goalkeepers: Deogratius Munishi (Young Africans), Aishi Manula (Azam FC), Benny Kakolanya (Tanzania Prisons)
Defenders: Nadir Horoub, Mwinti Haji na Juma Abdul (Young Africans), Aggrey Moris, David Mwantika na Erasto Nyoni (Azam FC), Mohammed Hussein (Simba), Vicent Andrew (Mtibwa Sugar).
Midfielders: Himid Mao, Farid Mussa (Azam), Jonas Mkude na Mwinyi Kazimoto (Simba), Mohammed Ibrahim na Shiza Kichuya (Mtibwa Sugar), Ismail Issa (JKT Ruvu), Juma Mahadhi (Coastal Union) na Hassan Kabunda (Mwadui FC)
Forwards: Elias Maguli (Stand United), Ibrahim Ajib (Simba), John Bocco (Azam), Deus Kaseke (Young Africans), Jeremiah Juma (Tanzania Prisons).