Harambee Stars' predicted starting XI to face Qatar


FOOTBALL: Harambee Stars' predicted starting XI to face Qatar

Festus Chuma 10:30 - 07.09.2023

Harambee Stars is gearing up for a thrilling international friendly against Qatar, offering insight into Coach Engin Firat's starting lineup choices.

Harambee Stars will go head-to-head with Qatar in an international friendly match at Al Janoub Stadium on Thursday evening, with kickoff set for 6:15pm East Africa time.

This clash marks Kenya's fourth international friendly this year, signifying the nation's triumphant return to international football after a hiatus. 

Coach Engin Firat  has emphasized the significance of this fixture in assessing his players' abilities and expects them to display unwavering character on the pitch.

Firat's strategic approach is not just aimed at securing a positive result against Qatar but also serves as pivotal preparation for the upcoming 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. 

Eyes from around the world will be fixed on how the seasoned coach selects his starting lineup, with football enthusiasts eager to witness the talent and tactics at play.

Between the goalposts, the experienced Ian Otieno is poised to take charge of the goalkeeping duties. Despite limited appearances for his club, Zesco United, this season, Otieno's pedigree as a goalkeeper makes him a strong candidate for this crucial role.

The left-back position is expected to be anchored by Eric Ouma, a dependable defender who has consistently delivered on the field. 

On the right-back flank, Amos Nondi, who has already showcased his skills, is likely to retain his place. The heart of the defense will be guarded by Joseph Okumu, a formidable center-back who is expected to provide stability at the back.

Collins Sichenje emerges as a utility player capable of assuming roles as both a defender and a deep-lying midfielder. His versatility could prove to be a valuable asset for Harambee Stars, offering tactical flexibility in a variety of situations.

In midfield, Teddy Akumu and Richard Odada are anticipated to maintain their positions, forming a formidable partnership in Kenya's deep midfield. Their chemistry, as demonstrated during the Iran friendly, is expected to play a pivotal role in controlling the flow of the game.

Alfred Scriven and Clarke Oduor are two key figures likely to feature in the starting lineup. Their adaptability as either attacking midfielders or wingers provides Firat with options to unlock Qatar's defense and create goal-scoring opportunities.

Upfront, the striking duo of Michael Olunga and Masoud Juma is poised to spearhead Harambee Stars' attacking force. With their scoring prowess and ability to exploit defensive vulnerabilities, they hold the key to Kenya's offensive success in this friendly clash.

Harambee Stars Predicted XI: Ian Otieno, Eric Ouma, Amos Nondi, Joseph Okumu, Collins Sichenje, Anthony Akumu, Richard Odada, Alfred Scriven, Clarke Oduor, Masoud Juma, Michael Olunga.