It’s all systems go as the Kenya National team, Harambee Stars, hit the ground running in Paris, France, gearing up for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations set to be held in Egypt starting June 21, 2019.
Stars held six sessions as at Monday afternoon, among them a Monday morning muscle activation gym session. Eleven players, most of whom are local based, traveled with the team on Friday from Nairobi, alongside seven Technical bench officials.
The rest of the bench, among them assistant coach Nicolas Borriquet-Cor and goalkeeper trainer Guillaume Coffey, had already checked in at the facility.
Abud Omar and Ismael Gonzalez linked up with the team in France on Friday, and were joined on Saturday by Christopher Mbamba, Anthony Akumu, Joseph Okumu and David Owino. Faruk Shikalo and John Oyemba, who were on duty in the SportPesa Shield with their respective clubs on Sunday, checked into camp on Monday afternoon.
Sweden based Eric Johanna, Ovella Ochieng and Eric Ouma were expected to link up with the team on Monday evening, while Victor Wanyama, Patrick Matasi and Ayub Timbe were to check in on Tuesday. Also expected to jet in on Tuesday is FKF President Nick Mwendwa and General Secretary Robert Muthomi .
FKF Head of Communications and Marketing Barry Otieno will join the team on Wednesday morning June 5. NEC Member for Eastern Nabea Muriithi had earlier on Friday been part of the first batch to France.
FKF in the meantime has lined up two friendly matches, against Madagascar on June 7, 2019, in Paris and against the Democratic Republic of Congo on June 15, 2019, in Madrid, Spain. The team will then jet out to Cairo, Egypt, on June 19, 2019, in time for the continental showpiece.
Kenya will play her Group C matches at the June 30, Stadium in Cairo. The first match will see Harambee Stars face Algeria on June 23. Tanzania will be up next on June 27, before Stars wind up their group stage matches against Senegal on July 1, 2019.
AFCON Provisional Squad Players in bold will be checking in the course of the week Goalkeepers– Patrick Matasi, John Oyemba, Faruk Shikalo
Defenders– Abud Omar, Joash Onyango, Joseph Okumu, Musa Mohammed, David Owino, Bernard Ochieng, Brian Mandela, Philemon Otieno, Eric Ouma
Midfielders –Victor Wanyama, Anthony Akumu, Ismael Gonzalez, Ayub Timbe, Francis Kahata, Ovella Ochieng, Dennis Odhiambo, Eric Johanna, Paul Were, Cliffton Miheso, Johanna Omollo.
Forwards– John Avire, Masud Juma, Christopher Mbamba, Michael Olunga .
Technical Bench – Sebastien Migne (Coach), Francis Kimanzi (Assistant Coach) , Nicolas Borriquet-Cor (Assistant Coach) , Guillaume Coffey (Goalkeeper Trainer), Ismail Hussein (Team Manager), Wycliffe Makanga (Team Doctor), Olivier Henneuse (Physiotherapist) , Wycliffe Omom (Physiotherapist), Ludovic Breuil (Osteopath), Mikael Igendia (Physical Trainer), Benson Otieno (Kit Manager) , Samuel Thuku (Video Analyst)
(Physiotherapist) , Wycliffe Omom (Physiotherapist) , Ludovic Breuil (Osteopath), Mikael Igendia (Physical Trainer), Benson Otieno (Kit Manager), Samuel Thuku (Video Analyst)
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