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Engineer Olunga to captain Kenya against Uganda

Striker Micheal Olunga celebrates one of his two goals as Kenya defeated Tanzania 3-2 on Wednesday June 27th, 2019 during the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Striker Michael Olunga will be the captain for Kenya when they host Uganda in an international friendly on September 8th, at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi.

The development was confirmed by Harambee Stars’ head coach Francis Kimanzi on Friday following the unavailability of captain Victor Wanyama.

“If you don’t have your regular captain, then you have to look around and pick among the most experienced players and [Olunga] stands out,” Kimanzi told Goal at Kasarani. “Olunga will lead the side and I know with the experience he has; he will do a good job.”

The former Gor Mahia man who plays his club football for Kashiwa Reysol in Japan will be deputised by defender Joash Onyango.

Apart from Wanyama, Harambee Stars will miss several key players for the build-up among them Johanna Omollo, Joseph Okumu and Ismael Gonzalez.

Zambian-based striker Jesse Were having also been ruled out after picking a hamstring injury in training on Thursday.

Uganda is using the game to prepare for the upcoming Championship of African Nations Champions (CHAN) qualifier against Burundi later this month.

Squad: Joel Mutakubwa, Charles Lukwago (Goalkeepers), Emmanuel Okwi, Khalid Aucho, Tadeo Lwanga, Kizito Luwagga, Timothy Awanyi,Paul Willa, Mustafa Kizza, John Revita, Allan Kayiwa, Allan Okello, Fahad Bayo, Muzamir Mutyaba, Mustapha Mujjuzi, Halid Lwaliwa, Paul Mucureezi, Bright Anukani

Head Coach: Abdallah Mubiru

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