Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Zambia-based trio Jesse Were, David Owino and Anthony Okumu have been called up to the Kenyan squad for upcoming international friendlies against Uganda and DR Congo.
Were and Owino were on target for Zesco United when they scored two vital second-half goals against Burundian side, Le Messager de Ngozi in Bujumbura last Saturday, to send the former Zambian league champions into CAF Confederation Cup semi-finals.
The trio are among nine foreign-based players head coach Stanley Okumbi has called up as he puts his eight-match unbeaten record under the radar against two strong sides that competed in the 2017 African Cup of Nations finals in Gabon in January.
They play Uganda on Thursday and DR Congo three days later.
Both matches will be played at the Kenyatta stadium in the eastern town of Machakos, as the two big Nairobi stadiums are under renovations for the African Nations Championships (CHAN) set for January 2018.
Kenya are preparing to play Sierra Leone in the preliminary round of the 2019 African Cup of Nations in June.
Cranes team named
Cranes coach Milutin Sredojevic ‘Micho’ has recalled striker Emmanuel Okwi as Uganda starts the post-Nations Cup era with an international friendly against Kenya in Nairobi on Thursday.
Omitted from this friendly are South African based Denis Onyango, Geoffrey Massa and Belgium-based Farouk Miya as Micho named only six foreign based players.
Miya scored Uganda’s goal at the Nations Cup, as they were held 1-1 by Mali. They earlier lost to Egypt and Ghana. It was the first goal at this level by Cranes since Phillip Omondi scored against Nigeria in March 14, 1978.
Cranes will use the games as preparation for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying in June.
Uganda is pitted against traditional rivals Tanzania, and two teams that have stood in their way in recent continental and world ambitions – Cape Verde and Lesotho.
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