Wanyama arrives for Kenya, Uganda friendly

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Victor Wanyama (R) warming up before the game against Uganda last year

Harambee Stars team captain Victor Wanyama arrived Tuesday morning for the side’s friendly match with Uganda Cranes.

Wanyama arrived in the country early Tuesday morning to join the team’s preparations at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

South Africa-based Brian Mandela is the other foreign based player to have joined the team’s camp.

The duo’s arrival is a major boost for the team and head coach Stanley Okumbi who will use the Uganda friendly match to gauge his side before the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers that start June.

Kenya will take on Uganda Cranes on Thursday before locking horns with Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday in yet another friendly.

Meanwhile the trio of Eric Ouma, Ayub Timbe and Eric Johanna will not be available for selection in the two friendlies.

A communiqué from Football Kenya Federation Tuesday, according to Daily Nation, a Kenyan daily, indicated that the three have asked for some time to settle in their new clubs.

Consequently, winger Paul Were has been called up as one of the replacements.

“I have issues that I need to clear here in China and also with my former club in Belgium that is why I have passed up on that opportunity,” winger Timbe told Daily Nation, Sport.

For Ugandan coach Milutin Sredejovic, the friendly with Kenya is one of those through which he will gauge his players especially those based in Uganda for future consideration.

Strikers Emanuel Okwi, Nelson Ssenkatuka and midfielder Martin Kiiza scored as the Cranes defeated the Eastern select side in Kamuli on Sunday.

Okwi is one of the three strikers on the team selected for the game on Thursday and will compete for a slot with the ever-green Geoffrey Sserunkuma and Vipers’ Milton Karisa.

The Cranes will play another friendly game with the French Military in celebration of France-Uganda friendship week.