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September 19, 2018

Olunga and Jesse should get preference in Stars duel against Chipolopolo

Jesse Were of Tusker trains with Harambee Stars they face Zambia in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers at Nyayo Stadium Nairobi on Sunday 6 2015. Head coach Bobby Williamson had a full house on September 4 2015. Photo/Fredrick Onyango/Piccentre (KENYA)
Jesse Were of Tusker trains with Harambee Stars they face Zambia in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers at Nyayo Stadium Nairobi on Sunday 6 2015. Head coach Bobby Williamson had a full house on September 4 2015. Photo/Fredrick Onyango/Piccentre (KENYA)

Kenya Vs Zambia Sunday 3pm

My Prediction: Harambee Stars 2 Chipolopolo...1

 

Kenya currently top this group courtesy of an away goal following a 1-1 draw in the opening match of this group of qualifiers. All teams in this group are on a point since the Zambia vs Guinea Bissau game ended in a goal-less draw. So there’ll be all to play for in this group and all four teams will be eager to get the first three points. Bobby Williamson has called up a legion of foreign players including former Captain Dennis Oliech and Parma’s MacDonald Mariga.

While I see the importance of having a lot of experience in the squad, I don’t believe Williamson will start them. Right now forwards Michael Olunga and Jesse Were are in such fine form that I don’t believe it’s necessary to start the foreign-based players.

I’m also not sure how much competitive game time Oliech and Mariga have been getting. But I won’t disrespect them because they have done the country proud in the past. Williamson will be spoiled for choice in defence and will have to find a pair of full backs who can play well together.

David Owino is a sure starter and Bobby could pair him up with David Ochieng. It’s important to ensure that the pair at the back can work with each other and I believe these two can. The first name on Kenya’s team sheet of course will be captain Victor Wanyama.

Kenya have a host of great midfield players like Collins Okoth and Paul Were. Were in particular can quickly change from being in the middle to up-front and we all know that Williamson likes to play both 4-4-2 and 4-3-3. Were moves with such speed up and down the wings and I hope he’ll be a starter.

The tricky thing is that the Stars squad has only been in training for one week while Zambia’s Chipolopolo has been in camp for three weeks under coach George Lwandamina. Stars haven’t played an international match since that Congo fixture while Zambia have played two international matches.

Kenya have a great squad, Williamson has great international experience but they’ll also need you and I in the stadium tomorrow to cheer them along. Guys, let’s make this home match count and turn up for our Stars.

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