December 6, 2023

Harambee Stars striker Masud Juma has urged Kenyans to believe in them as they begin their 2026 World Cup journey on Thursday.

The Al Faisaly striker yesterday called for national unity in terms of supporting the players and technical bench ahead of their crucial World Cup qualifiers match against Gabon.

“You guys just need to believe in us. We have the ability and the coach who can help us achieve consistency. This time you will see the real team because I trust the technical bench.

I have been working with familiar faces who now we have chemistry and we will not disappoint you.”

Kenya has been drawn in Group F of the 2026 Fifa World Cup qualifiers against Ivory Coast, Gabon, Gambia, Burundi, and Seychelles.

Meanwhile, Harambee Stars coach Engin Firat has said that Kenya is facing an injury crisis in the defense but said they can adapt with a host of available quality players.

“Joseph Okumu got a knock in his last league game and had an MRI today, Daniel Anyembe is also injured while Brian Mandela is not in the team this time.

Collins Sichenje recently had surgery on his knee while Erick “Marcelo” Ouma is also injured. We have a huge crisis but I am confident we shall make it with the boys we will have available.”

Harambee Stars Squad include Goalkeepers:Patrick Matasi (Kenya Police), Ian Otieno (Zesco), and Joseph Ochuka (Bandari)

Defenders Nabi Kibunguchy (Orlando City), Hanif Wesonga (KCB), Abud Omar (Kenya Police), Daniel Sakari (Tusker), Geoffrey Ochieng (Gor Mahia), Daniel Anyembe (Viborg), Eric Ouma (AIK), Joseph Okumu (Reims), Johnstone Omurwa (CF Estrela), and Amos Nondi (Ararat)

Midfielders Duncan Otieno (Gaborone United), Teddy Akumu (Sagan Tosu), Duke Abuya (Singida), Ayub Masika (Nanjing City), Kenneth Muguna (Kenya Police), Eric Balecho (Murang Seal), Rooney Onyango (Gor Mahia), Eric Johanna (UTA ARAD), Richard Odada (Aalborg), Alfred Scriven (Hodd), and Timothy Ouma (Elfsborg)

ForwardsMasud Juma (Al Faisaly), Michael Olunga (Al Duhail), Moses Shummah (Kakamega Homeboyz), Benson Omalla (Gor Mahia)


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