Musa has challenged foreign-based footballers to step up as Harambee Stars gears up for upcoming games against Ivory Coast and Gambia in the ongoing 2026 World Cup qualifiers next June.
Former Harambee Stars captain Musa Otieno has challenged foreign-based Kenyan players to stand up and be counted for the rest of Kenya’s 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.
Stars have collected three points, in a 5-0 rout of Seychelles to put them third in group F, having lost to Gabon in the opening round of fixtures.
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They will be facing Ivory Coast and Gabon in Nairobi when the qualifying fixtures resume.
The side’s spine consists of foreign-based players, including centre back pairing of Johstone Omurwa and Joseph Okumu, left back Erick 'Marcelo' Ouma as well as midfielder Richard Odada and captain Michael Olunga.
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The former Mathare United midfielder played 45 minutes but could not lead his side to victory as a draw against Voluntari saw UTA Arad exit the Romanian Cup in the third round
“Our foreign-based players must also put in a shift because when they come back from where they ply their trade in, you have to show others that your quality is much better,” Otieno told Habari 254 News.
“We are playing well because gone are the days we would lose by four or five goals because most of our players , around 13 are professionals.”
Otieno says that during his playing days, the team was disadvantaged because the only foreign based players were just him as well as Divock Origi’s father Mike Okoth.
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“In our time, it was just me and Mike Okoth but now, the whole squad is professional, so they have to put a shift in.”
Meanwhile, Musa has challenged the side to maximize on its home advantage and get all three points, and also try to get positive results away from home.
“If you look, we have three points. One could say we got them against a small team (Seychelles) but football has changed now because you have to beat what is in front of you,”
“We can get good results at home. When we went to the 2004 AFCON under ‘Ghost’ Mulee, we had to win all our matches.
“If we go away, say Ivory Coast, our chances are slim, but the game has changed because coaches have knowledge and they know how they can help the players benefit from it and our players who are hopeful as well.