Engin Firat names unchanged Harambee Stars line up for Zimbabwe escapade

FOOTBALL Engin Firat names unchanged Harambee Stars line up for Zimbabwe escapade

Mark Kinyanjui 17:00 - 26.03.2024

Firat has kept the same line up that started during the 4-0 win over Malawi for the Zimbabwe clash.

Harambee Stars head coach Engin Firat has named an unchanged line up against Zimbabwe,  their second match of the Malawi Four Nations Tournament.

Firat has trusted Kenya Police goalkeeper Patrick Matasi between the sticks for the clash in Lilongwe, extending his stay in goal after an excellent display against the hosts.

Daniel Ayembe has started despite featuring for 45 minutes in the first game,  doubts to make it into the starting line-up at right-back while AFC Leopards’ Vincent Mahiga has kept his place at left-back in the absence of the injured Erick ‘Marcelo’ Ouma.

Johnstone Omurwa maintains his place in central defence and will be partnered by Joseph Okumu, another injury doubt for the match who has made the starting XI. The two have formed a good partnership in previous matches and Firat will be happy to have them.

Firat has also kept faith with the central midfield of Richard Odada and Anthony ‘Teddy’ Akumu but Kenneth Muguna misses out with Tusker FC’s Chrispine Erambo making his second start.

Odada and Akumu will play at the base of midfield with Erambo given the freedom to roam and help create chances for the forwards.

Upfront, captain Michael Olunga is still leading the line, seeking to pick up from where he left in November, having ended his six-game drought with two goals in the 5-0 thrashing of Seychelles.

Gor Mahia’s youngster Rooney Onyango will play on the right wing while Ayub Timbe also keeps his place 

Kenya and Zimbabwe  last faced off in 2008.

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Harambee Stars starting XI: Patrick Matasi, Daniel Anyembe, Vincent Mahiga, Johnstone Omurwa, Joseph Okumu, Richard Odada, Anthony Akumu, Chrispine Erambo, Rooney Onyango, Michael Olunga, Ayub Timbe