Emerging Stars jet out, focus on Sudan Olympics Qualifier

Emerging Stars jet out, focus on Sudan Olympics Qualifier

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The Kenya U23 National Team has on Sunday, March 17, 2019, jetted out to Khartoum ahead of their Africa U23 Cup of Nations cum Olympics Qualifier against Sudan.

This match comes after Kenya made light work of Mauritius in the first round, consequently booking Sudan in the second.

Coach Francis Kimanzi has expressed optimism that the Emerging Stars will give a good account of themselves in Khartoum.

“We did well against Mauritius and it’s good that we have retained a big part of that squad. The boys are motivated and I am confident we’ll get a positive result,” said Emerging Stars Coach Francis Kimanzi.

The first leg has been slated for Wednesday, March 20, 2019, with the second leg set to be played on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at the MISC Kasarani.

The winner on aggregate will face either of Nigeria or Libya in the third round to determine who graces the 2019 Africa U23 Cup of Nations in Egypt, which will act as a qualifier to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan.

Traveling Squad

Goalkeepers

Timothy Odhiambo (Ulinzi Stars), Brian Bwire (Kariobangi Sharks)

Defenders

Mike Kibwage (KCB), Johnstone Omurwa (Mathare United), David Owino (Mathare United), Yusuf Mainge (AFC Leopards), Joseph Okumu (Real Monarchs, USA), Boniface Onyango (Kariobangi Sharks), Moses Mudavadi (Bandari)

Midfielders

Teddy Osok (Wazito), Tobias Otieno (Sony Sugar), Ibrahim Shambi (Ulinzi Stars), James Mazembe (Kariobangi Sharks), Alwyn Tera (FC Saburtalo, Georgia), Peter Thiongo (Kakamega Homeboyz), Curtis Wekesa (Nairobi Stima), Sven Yidah (Kariobangi Sharks)

Forwards

Boniface Mukhekhe (Mt Kenya United), Ovella Ochieng (Vasalund FC, Sweden), Sydney Lokale (Kariobangi Sharks), Jafari Owiti (AFC Leopards), John Avire (Sofapaka)

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