Harambee Stars' probable lineup against Burundi

Harambee Stars' probable lineup against Burundi

Festus Chuma 10:16 - 07.06.2024

Pulse Sports looks into how Kenya might line up for their game against Burundi

Kenya will enter the field with a mix of tested strategies and new faces when they host Burundi in the upcoming 2026 World Cup qualifiers this Friday at the Bingu National Stadium.

The Harambee Stars are looking to maintain their momentum following a dominant 5-0 victory over Seychelles an emphatic response after their initial setback against Gabon.

Kenya is unbeaten in their last five encounters with Burundi highlighting a period of formidable performances that have rejuvenated their qualifying campaign.

This match offers Kenya a chance to further solidify their position by extending their successful run against their East African neighbors.

A notable absence in the lineup will be Eric Ouma, the 27-year-old defender who has been sidelined due to a muscle injury sustained in April.

His absence will be felt, but it opens the door for Bristol City's Zak Vyner, who could make his debut after receiving a call-up.

Vyner's potential inclusion adds intrigue to the defensive setup, as he is expected to pair up with Johnstone Omurwa in central defense.

The defensive responsibilities will also be shared by Daniel Anyembe and Aboud Omar, creating a backline that combines international experience and local talent.

In the midfield, Anthony 'Teddy' Akumu and Richard Odada are set to continue their roles in a double-pivot system, providing a balance of defensive cover and offensive support.

Further up the field, Chrispine Erambo is expected to operate as the attacking midfielder.

Erambo's role will be pivotal in linking play and creating scoring opportunities, making him an essential piece in the tactical setup aimed at exploiting Burundi's defensive vulnerabilities.

The attack will be spearheaded by Michael Olunga, who has consistently proven his worth as a forward capable of navigating tight spaces and finishing with precision.

Supporting him on the wings will be Rooney Onyango and Jonah Avire, whose speed and creativity will be vital in stretching the Burundi defense and adding depth to the attack.

Goalkeeping duties will likely remain with Patrick Matasi, despite some concerns over his recent form with Kenya Police FC.

Matasi's experience and past performances in crucial matches will be instrumental in guarding the Kenyan goal.

Harambee Stars probable starting XI:

Patrick Matasi (GK), Daniel Anyembe, Johnstone Omurwa, Zak Vyner, Abud Omar, Richard Odada, Teddy Akumu, Chrispine Erambo, Rooney Onyango, John Avire, Michael Olunga

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