Emerging Stars coach Francis Kimanzi has named five foreign-based players in the National U23 football team ahead of Kenya’s Africa U23 Cup of Nations Qualifier against Mauritius.
England based duo of Jonah Ayunga and Henry Ochieng have been called up, as has Georgia based Alwyn Tera. Harambee Stars duo of Ovella Ochieng (Sweden) and Joseph Okumu (USA) have also earned a call-up.
Earlier on Sunday, a provisional squad of 57 players, who had undergone a two-day assessment for possible inclusion into the team, was trimmed to an 18-man final squad that is set to hit camp on Friday, November 9, 2018.
Kenya will start off at home on November 14, 2018, at the MISC Kasarani before jetting out to Mauritius for the reverse tie set to be played on November 18, 2018.
The winner of the tie on aggregate will proceed to the second round, with a third round also in line.
The final tourney, set to be played in November 2019, in Egypt, will act as a qualifier to the 2020 Olympics.
Foreign Based Players
Joseph Okumu (Defender: Real Monarchs, USA), Alwyn Tera (Midfielder: FC Saburtalo, Georgia), Henry Ochieng (Midfielder: Braintree Town, England), Jonah Ayunga (Forward: Sutton United, England), Ovella Ochieng (Forward: Vasalund, Sweden)