Kenya vs Burundi: Spotlight on 5 Swallows players who could wreak havoc against Harambee Stars

Kenya vs Burundi: Swallows players to keep eyes on.

Kenya vs Burundi: Spotlight on 5 Swallows players who could wreak havoc against Harambee Stars

Festus Chuma 06:23 - 07.06.2024

Five key Burundian players poised to challenge Harambee Stars in the upcoming 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in Malawi.

Harambee Stars are gearing up for a pivotal encounter in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, where they will face Burundi on Friday at Bingu National Stadium in Malawi.

With both teams vying for a spot in the prestigious tournament, the Swallows from Burundi boast several key players who could pose a significant threat to Kenya’s ambitions.

Here is a look at five Burundian stars to watch in this high-stakes matchup.

Mohammed Amissi

A Belgian-born winger, Mohammed Amissi brings European flair to the Burundian squad with his current club, Baladiyat El Mahalla SC in Egypt.

Heracles forward Mohamed Amissi in action during the match against Jong Utrecht at the Heracles Stadium on September 2, 2020.

Since his international debut against Algeria in June 2019 Amissi has been a crucial part of the national team including their historic particpation in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Known for his lethal set-piece skills and creativity, Amissi's right-footed prowess could prove pivotal in breaking down the Harambee Stars' defense.

Frederick Nsabiyumva

Frederick Nsabiyumva, a stalwart in defense, plays for Västerås in Sweden and brings a wealth of experience with 43 international caps.

Frederic Nsabiyumva walks off the pitch following the Allsvenskan match between Sirius and Västerås on May 20, 2024.

His tenure in South Africa's football leagues has honed his abilities in aerial duels and precise passing.

Nsabiyumva’s leadership at the back and capability to venture forward and score make him a dual threat that Kenya must carefully manage.

Ntibazonkiza Saidi

At 37, Ntibazonkiza Saidi is a seasoned midfielder who currently showcases his talents at Simba Sports Club in Tanzania.

Saidi Ntibazonkiza of Burundi during the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier match against  Gabon.

With extensive experience, including a stint in French football, Saidi is known for his powerful shots, short passing accuracy, dribbling, and aerial strength.

His multifaceted skills will be central to Burundi’s strategy to control the midfield and disrupt Kenya's rhythm.

Hussein Shaban

Hussein Shaban, the formidable Burundian striker from AS Kigali in Rwanda, has been a consistent threat upfront with his scoring ability.

AS Kigali forward Shaban ‘Tchabalala’ Hussein

Previously linked with Kenya’s Gor Mahia, Shaban has a rich history of impactful performances across various clubs in Rwanda and Burundi.

His knack for scoring crucial goals will be something the Harambee Stars’ defenders need to neutralize.

Gael Bigirimana

The journey of Gael Bigirimana from his beginnings in the UK to the heights of the Premier League with Newcastle United is inspirational.

Gael Bigirimana during his times at Motherwel

Now with Dungannon Swifts in the NIFL Premiership, Bigirimana’s experience and midfield intelligence make him a pivotal figure in the Burundi team.

His Premier League experience and ability to control the game's tempo will be vital in Burundi’s quest to outplay Kenya.

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