Harambee Star will be in action on Thursday as they kickstart their 2021 Africa Cup Of Nations qualifying campaign. Kenya will face Egypt in Cairo before hosting Togo on Tuesday for the second qualifier match at the Moi International SportsCenter Kasarani.
It is important that the team start the campaign on a positive note. Below, we look at how Francis Kimanzi could line up against the Pharaohs.
Matasi was outstanding Earlier this year at the Africa Cup Of Nations and should start in goal. With Philemon Otieno out, Samuel Olwande will deputize at right-back while Erick Ouma starts at left-back.
Joseph Okumu has been a mainstay at the heart of the Harambee Stars backline and the young center-back will surely start alongside Harun Shakava in central defense.
In the last match against Mozambique, Francis Kimanzi deployed a double pivot of Victor Wanyama and Gor Mahia ace Lawrence Juma. The combination offered the right blend of technique, work rate, and experience. Wanyama was tasked with Shielding the backline while Juma had the license to roam forward.
Ahead of the two, Gor Mahia skipper Kenneth Muguna plays in his preferred attacking midfielder role.
Ayub Timbe has been Harambee Stars’ most dangerous player for a while now. The winger is fast, tricky and has a deadly shot on him. He was initially a doubt for the match but has since recovered and will make the starting line up on the right-wing.
On the left, Erick Johanna will have his chance to finally convince following a couple of dull performances for the national team. Micheal Olunga has not scored for the National team since his brace against Tanzania at AFCON earlier this year. The lanky forward will start in his preferred striking role.
Starting XI: Matasi, Ouma, Okumu, Olwande, Shakava, Wanyama, Juma, Muguna, Timbe, Omollo, Olunga.