By KBC Reporters
Eleven locally based players out of the current 26 in the camp will be part of the Harambee Stars squad that’s expected to leave the country this Sunday for Guinea Bissau where they are scheduled to play the hosts in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on the 23rd of this month.
Harambee Stars head Coach Stanley Okumbi speaking after leading the squad in his second training session since the team reported to camp on Monday this week said that out of the 26 home based players currently in camp only eleven will make the cut.
The rest of the nine slots will be filled by the foreign based players who are expected to link up with rest of the team in Guinea Bissau a day before the qualifier.
The return leg is scheduled four days later in Nairobi. Kenya will be seeking to revive its 2017 Africa Cup of nations campaign for they lie second last in group “E” with a single point having drawn once and lost once.
Congo leads the standings with four points while Zambia is second on goal difference. Guinea Bissau is last in the pool with one point same as Kenya.
The 31st edition of the African biggest soccer extravaganza will be held in Gabon next year.
AFC leopards Tuesday signed a two year contract with four technical bench officials.
The contracts which were backdated to 1st January 2016 involves the hiring of Nicholas Muyoti as the assistant coach, Dutchman Jan Koops who has been elevated to the Technical Director’s post, Joseph Milimo, as the Team Manager, and the Goalkeeper trainer John Busolo .
According to Leopards co-chair, Mathews Opwora the four have been working without contracts and he is hopeful that they will be motivated after signing the deals, as they target top play in CAF champions league and ceceafa club championships next year. The four coaches will work closely with head coach Ivan Minnaert.
Separately, three South African football officials have been banned by Fifa following an investigation into international friendlies prior to the 2010 World Cup.
Leslie Sedibe, former South African Football Association chief executive, has been banned from football-related activities for five years. Two former Safa referees’ chiefs, Steve Goddard and Adeel Carelse, have each received two-year bans.
The sanctions relate to the proceedings against Lindile Kika, who last October was banned from all football-related activity for six years. Kika denied being involved in match-fixing.
Fifa found the officials guilty of infringements of its code of ethics relating to general rules of conduct, loyalty and duty of disclosure. All bans come into force immediately. The South African FA said it welcomed the sanctions.