Kenya: Harambee Stars gear up for Four Nations showdown


The air is thick with anticipation as the Kenya national football team, Harambee Stars, gear up for the forthcoming four-nation tournament featuring Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The squad, meticulously chosen by the coaching staff, promises a mix of experienced internationals and rising stars, all ready to don the national colors.

A Blend of Local and International Talent

The goalkeeping department is fortified with Ian Otieno, plying his trade in Zambia with Zesco United, alongside Patrick Matasi from Kenya Police, Byrne Odhiambo of Bandari, and Bonphas Munyasa from Muranga Seal. These custodians of the net carry not just the gloves but the hopes of a nation eager for success.

In the defense line, a blend of local and foreign-based talent shines through. Collins Sichenje from AIK-Sweden stands alongside the French Ligue 1’s Joseph Okumu of Reims and Johnstone Omurwa, who brings his Portuguese expertise from Estrela. This formidable backline is rounded off by Dennis Ng’ang’a, Daniel Anyembe, Amos Nondi, Abud Omar, Eric Ouma, and the promising duo of Alphonce Omija and Rooney Onyango.

Midfield Maestros and Striking Might

The midfield sees a combination of grit and creativity with Kaycie Odhiambo, Chris Erambo, Richard Odada, Anthony Akumu, and Kenneth Muguna, who are expected to dictate the tempo and craft game-changing moments. Eric Johanna, playing his football in Romania, adds an international flavor to the mix.

In the striking force, Harambee Stars boast the prowess of Michael Olunga from Duhail-Oman, the Scottish club ST. Mirren’s Jonah Ayunga, and Benson Omalla of Gor Mahia. Shariff Musa, Ayub Timbe, and David Sakwa complete an attacking lineup that has the potential to unsettle any defense.

Road to Victory

The tournament is not just about the glory of victory; it serves as a critical testing ground for tactics, team chemistry, and individual prowess. “We have a balance of players from diverse backgrounds and leagues, which I believe is our strength. It’s about syncing these talents to work as a unit,” remarks the team’s head coach.

The squad’s blend of local heroes and international stars reflects a strategy aimed at maximizing the home-grown talent while leveraging the exposure and experience gained by those playing abroad.

The Journey Continues

The tournament’s outcome will serve as a benchmark for the Harambee Stars, evaluating the efficacy of their preparations and strategies. With a successful campaign, the team aims to bolster their confidence as they set their sights on the African and global football stages.

As the nation rallies behind the Harambee Stars, the players know that the four-nation tournament is more than a series of matches; it’s a step towards cementing their status as formidable opponents in African football. With every pass, every tackle, and every goal, the Harambee Stars are not just playing to win; they’re playing for the pride of a nation.

Harambee Stars Full squad


Ian Otieno (Zesco-Zambia), Patrick Matasi (Kenya Police), Byrne Odhiambo (Bandari), Bonphas Munyasa (Muranga Seal)


Collins Sichenje (AIK-Sweden), Joseph Okumu (Reims-France), Johnstone Omurwa (Estrela-Portugal), Dennis Ng’ang’a (Zanaco Zambia), Daniel Anyembe (Viborg-Denmark), Amos Nondi (Ararat), Abud Omar (Kenya Police), Eric Ouma (Rakow-Poland), Alphonce Omija (Dhofar-Oman), Rooney Onyango (GOR Mahia)


Kaycie Odhiambo (AFC Leopards), Chris Erambo (Tusker), Richard Odada (Aalborg-Denmark), Anthony Akumu (Unattached), Kenneth Muguna (Kenya Police), Eric Johanna (UTA-Romania)


John Avire (Sekka), Michael Olunga (Duhail-Oman), Jonah Ayunga (ST. Mirren-Scotland), Benson Omalla (Gor Mahia), Shariff Musa (Gor Mahia), Ayub Timbe (Sebail-Azeberijan), David Sakwa (Bandari)

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