Football Kenya Federation president Nick Mwendwa has defended Harambee Stars coach Sebastien Migne’s selection.
Migne named a provisional squad of 24 players, including two new faces - Christopher Mbamba and David Sesay - who are based in Sweden and England respectively.
But Migne left out some big names, including Zambian-based striker Jesse Were, who is Zesco United’s all-time record scorer, Gor Mahia duo of Dennis Oliech and George Odhiambo and Whyvonne Isuza of AFC Leopards.
But Mwendwa defended the Frenchman’s decision, saying the tactician picked only the best players from a big pool. "He (Migne) picked the squad among the best (players) we have around the country and abroad."
Harambee Stars are expected to play Ghana in the final round of Afcon qualifiers later in the month.
Kenya provisional Squad: Goalkeepers: Patrick Matasi (St Georges, Ethiopia), Farouk Shikalo (Bandari) and John Oyemba (Kariobangi Sharks).
Defenders: Erick Ouma (Vasalund, Sweden), Musa Mohammed (Nkana FC, Zambia), David Owino (Zesco, Zambia), Brian Mandela (Maritzburg, South Africa), David Sesay (Crawley Town, England), Philemon Otieno (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Benard Ochieng (Vihiga United, Kenya), Joash Onyango (Gor Mahia, Kenya).
Midfielders: Erick Johanna (IF Brommapojkarna, Sweden), Johanna Omollo (Cercle Brugge, Belgium), Ismael Gonzales (UD Las Palmas B, Spain), Paul Were (Trikala, Greece), Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspurs, England), Francis Kahata (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Christopher Tangen Mbamba (Oskarshamns, Sweden), Dennis Odhiambo (Sofapaka, Kenya), Anthony Akumu (Zesco, Zambia).
Forwards: Michael Olunga (Kashiwa Reysol, Japan), Duke Abuya (Kariobangi Sharks, Kenya), Cliff Nyakeya (Mathare United, Kenya), Masud Juma (Al Nasr, Libya).
Reserve Players: Abdallah Hassan (Bandari FC, Kenya), Allan Wanga (Kakamega HomeBoyz, Kenya), Nicholas Kipkirui (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Roy Okal (Mathare United, Kenya), Cliffton Miheso (Club Olimpico Montijo, Portugal).