Kenya internationals Victor Wanyama and Michael Olunga have been named in the Harambee Stars squad to face Uganda Cranes.
The two neighbouring States will meet in Nairobi on September 8 for an international friendly.
This, will be the first game for Kenya’s coach Francis Kimanzi while the Cranes are expected to be with interim coach Abdallah Mubiru.
Wanyama is expected to command the midfield for the Stars. The experienced player, born June 25 1991 plays as a defensive midfielder for Premier League team Tottenham Hotspurs.
However, the former Beerschot, Celtic and Southampton player is on the verge of joining Belgium giants Club Brugge.
He is the first player in the region to score a goal in the UEFA Champions League – He was on target when Celtic beat Barcelona 2-1 in 2012.
Striker Olunga has also made the provisional squad. The forward and energetic player plies his trade with Japan’s Kashiwa Reysol where he has scored 12 goals and remain the team’s top goalscorer this season.
The former Thika United, Tusker and Gor Mahia player scored Kenya’s goal as they drew 1-1 with Uganda in a 2017 friendly. Uganda levelled late, thanks to substitute Moses Waiswa’s strike.
It remains to be known when the Cranes will announce their squad.
Patrick Matasi (St. George SC, Ethiopia), John Oyemba (Kariobangi Sharks, Kenya), Faruk Shikalo (Young Africans SC, Tanzania)
Joseph Okumu ( Real Monarchs FC, USA), Mike Kibwage (KCB FC, Kenya), Joash Onyango (Gor Mahia FC, Kenya), Benard Ochieng (Wazito FC, Kenya), Abud Omar (Sepsi OSK Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania), Erick Ouma (Vasalunds IF, Sweden) Nicholas Meja (Bandari, Kenya), Samuel Olwande (Kariobangi Sharks, Kenya)
Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspurs FC, England), Francis Kahata (Simba SC, Tanzania), Boniface Muchiri (Tusker FC, Kenya), Kenneth Muguna (Gor Mahia FC, Kenya), Duke Abuya (Kariobangi Sharks FC, Kenya), Ismael Gonzales (UD Las Palmas FC, Spain), Clifton Miheso (Gor Mahia FC, Kenya), Johanna Omolo (Cercle Brugge, Belgium), Ayub Timbe (Beijing Renhe FC, China), Cliff Nyakeya (FC Masr, Egypt), Erick Johanna (IF Brommapojkarna, Sweden), Moses Mudavadi (Kakamega Homeboyz FC), Whyvone Isuza (AFC Leopards SC)
Michael Olunga (Kashiwa Reysol FC, Japan), Jesse Were (Zesco United, Zambia), John Avire (Sofapaka FC, Kenya)