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Five key players for Kenya against Ghana in Afcon qualifier

3:54 PM GMT+4 06/09/2018
Harambee Stars coach Sebastien Migne and Jesse Were.
Ghana are leaders of Group F with three points while Kenya are second from bottom with no point after losing to Sierra Leone 2-1 in away match

  • Harambee Stars and Posta Rangers keeper Patrick Matasi.

    #1 Patrick Matasi

    The former AFC Leopards and Posta Rangers keeper is the most experienced in the team and will be required to organize his defense. A good ball handler, the custodian will be vital in starting build ups from the back as well as making vital saves to ensure that Kenya gets maximum points at home and revive their chances of reaching the Afcon finals.

  • David Cheche Ochieng

    #2 David 'Cheche' Ochieng

    With Brian Mandela suspended, 'Cheche' is the only defender suitable to partner David ‘Calabar' Owino. He has enough experience to enable him deal with the dangerous Black Stars’ attackers. He is aggressive, perfect on and off the ball, and his ball distribution skills are on point. Strong physically as well, and his positional awareness is second to none.

  • David Owino

    #3 David 'Calabar' Owino

    Ghana are known to have fast, and a physical front line that is orchestrated by the wingers. It will be up to this former Gor Mahia defender, to ensure that everyone is in place and up to the task. He has to command his fullbacks well and ensure he covers them whenever they have been beaten to the ball. He has experience and has handled the best before, a very important player for Kenya on Saturday.

  • Harambee Stars midfielder Anthony Akumu.

    #4 Anthony Akumu

    Captain Victor Wanyama will not play a part as he is still recovering from a knee injury that has kept him out of Tottenham matches. Anthony Akumu is expected to take the defensive midfield role. The main job for the Zesco United star will be to protect and stop attacks channeled through the middle. He will also be required to win possession and initiate attacks from deep his side. However, he will be required to be physical and fast.

  • Michael Olunga.

    #5 Michael Olunga

    Since joining Japanese side Kashiwa Reysol, Olunga has been in a perfect shape despite making his appearances from the substitute's bench. A goal and an assist in his last two games underlines his ability and potential. The towering striker is the one, who can give Kenya goals on a regular basis; he was on target against Sierra Leone and will be aiming at increasing his tally.