World Cup Qualifiers: Benson Omalla Included in Harambee Stars Squad to Face Gabon, Seychelles

World Cup Qualifiers: Benson Omalla Included in Harambee Stars Squad to Face Gabon, Seychelles

Martin Moses
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Benson Omalla has been included in the latest Harambee Stars squad
  • Kenya are set to play Gabon and Seychelles in the World Cup qualifiers
  • Three players could make their debut in this international window

The head coach of Kenya's football national team, Engin Firat, has unveiled a provisional squad that will begin the journey to qualify for the 2026 World Cup.

The Harambee Stars are set to play Gabon and Seychelles in Franceville and Abidjan, respectively. Ivory Coast, Burundi, and the Gambia are the other teams in that group.

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Michael Olunga celebrates during Kenya's match against Qatar on September 7. Photo by Simon Holmes.
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Last season's joint top scorer, Benson Omalla, has been named in the squad, with fans calling for the Gor Mahia striker to be given a chance to impress after Michael Olunga's recent struggles.

Olunga, who is also the team's captain, joins Omalla, Masud Juma, and Moses Shummah as the other strikers in the squad.

Nabi Kibunguchy of Orlando City, Murang’a Seal’s Eric Balecho, and KCB’s Hanif Wesonga will be hoping to make their debuts for the national team after getting their maiden call-ups in the team released on Football Kenya's website.

Firat has prepped for these matches with a series of high-profile friendlies that culminated in a two-all draw against Russia last month. Kenya have also played against Qatar, Iran, and South Sudan, in the Four Nations tournament.

Full Harambee Stars squad


Patrick Matasi (Kenya Police), Ian Otieno (Zesco), Joseph Ochuka (Bandari)


Nabi Kibunguchy (Orlando City), Hanif Wesonga (KCB), Abud Omar (Kenya Police), Daniel Sakari (Tusker), Geoffrey Ochieng (Gor Mahia), Daniel Anyembe (Viborg), Eric Ouma (AIK), Joseph Okumu (Reims), Johnstone Omurwa (CF Estrela), Amos Nondi (Ararat)


Duncan Otieno (Gaborone United), Teddy Akumu (Sagan Tosu), Duke Abuya (Singida), Ayub Masika (Nanjing City), Kenneth Muguna (Kenya Police), Eric Balecho (Murang Seal), Rooney Onyango (Gor Mahia), Eric Johanna (UTA ARAD), Richard Odada (Aalborg), Alfred Scriven (Hodd), Timothy Ouma (Elfsborg)


Masud Juma (Al Faisaly), Michael Olunga (Al Duhail), Moses Shummah (Kakamega Homeboyz), Benson Omalla (Gor Mahia)

Kenyan celebration on EAFC 24

Sports Brief has also reported that a goal celebration inspired by Kenyan international Sven Yidah has made its way to the popular video game EAFC 24.

The latest edition of the game, formerly known as FIFA, was released on September 29 with a number of upgrades and additions to enhance the user experience.

One interesting new addition is the HyperMotion technology that aims to increase the authenticity of football gameplay.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)