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The Kenya national football team represents Kenya in international football. It is controlled by the Football Kenya Federation, the governing body of football in Kenya, and competes as a member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA), a sub-confederation of CAF that has jurisdiction in East and Central Africa. The team is colloquially known as the Harambee Stars and plays its home games primarily at the Nyayo National Stadium in the country's capital, Nairobi. The team has never qualified for a FIFA World Cup finals.

Kenya
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Harambee Stars
AssociationFootball Kenya Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCECAFA (Central & East Africa)
Head coachSébastien Migné
CaptainVictor Wanyama
Most capsMike Origi (120)
Top scorerDennis Oliech (34)
Home stadiumMoi International Sports Centre
FIFA codeKEN
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 108 Decrease 2 (4 April 2019)[1]
Highest68 (December 2008)
Lowest137 (July 2007)
Elo ranking
Current 109 Increase 8 (27 March 2019)[2]
Highest60 (November 1983)
Lowest140 (August 2011)
First international
 Kenya 1–1 Uganda 
(Nairobi, Kenya; 1 May 1926)
Biggest win
 Kenya 10–0 Zanzibar 
(Nairobi, Kenya; 4 October 1961)
Biggest defeat
 Kenya 2–12 Ghana 
(Nairobi, Kenya; 12 December 1965)[3]
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances6 (first in 1972)
Best resultGroup stage, 1972, 1988, 1990, 1992 and 2004

Contents

HistoryEdit

Kenya has appeared in five Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, never reaching second round. The team entered its first FIFA World Cup qualifiers in 1974. As of 2018, they have never qualified for the final tournament.

FIFA suspensions and international bansEdit

FIFA suspended Kenya from all football activities for three months in 2004, due to the interference of the government in football activities. The ban was reversed after the country agreed to create new statutes.[4]

On October 25, 2006, Kenya was suspended again from international football for failing to fulfill a January 2006 agreement made to resolve recurrent problems in their football federation. FIFA announced that the suspension would be in force until the federation complies with the agreements previously reached.[4][5]

Kenya are currently coached by Sébastien Migné.

Recent history (2004–present)Edit

Kenya has qualified for a major international tournament in 2019 cup finals since the 2004 AFCON. The current head coach Sébastien Migné was appointed in May 2018,[6] and since his appointment Kenya has climbed back into the top 100 FIFA ranked nations.[7]

In May 2017, the Football Kenya Federation signed a 3-year partnership with kits manufacturer Mafro Sports to provide the kits for all national teams, as well as junior categories. The national team will use red jerseys for home matches, white jerseys for away matches, and green jerseys for matches played on neutral venues.[8][9]

On 8 September, Kenya earned a surprise win over four-time African champions Ghana, winning 1–0.[10]

Competition recordsEdit

World Cup recordEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 to   1970 Did not enter Did not enter
  1974 Did not qualify 6 2 2 2 9 8
  1978 2 0 1 1 0 1
  1982 2 1 0 1 3 6
  1986 4 1 1 2 6 10
  1990 6 1 3 2 2 4
  1994 2 1 0 1 2 4
  1998 8 4 1 3 13 14
    2002 2 0 1 1 0 2
  2006 12 4 1 7 13 18
  2010 12 4 1 7 13 16
  2014 8 3 3 2 11 5
  2018 4 2 1 1 6 4
  2022 To be determined To be determined
      2026
Total 0/21 68 23 15 30 78 92

Africa Cup of Nations recordEdit

Africa Cup of Nations record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  1957 Did not enter
  1959
  1962 Did not qualify
  1963
  1965
  1968
  1970
  1972 Round 1 5th 3 0 2 1 3 4
  1974 Did not qualify
  1976
  1978
  1980
  1982
  1984 Did not enter
  1986 Did not qualify
  1988 Round 1 8th 3 0 1 2 0 6
  1990 Round 1 8th 3 0 1 2 0 3
  1992 Round 1 9th 2 0 0 2 1 5
  1994 Did not qualify
  1996 Withdrew
  1998 Did not qualify
    2000
  2002
  2004 Round 1 11th 3 1 0 2 4 6
  2006 to   2017 Did not qualify
  2019 Qualified
  2021 To be determined
  2023
  2025
Total Round 1 5/31 14 1 4 9 8 24

African GamesEdit

Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
African Games record
Year Result GP W D L GS GA
  1965 N/A 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1973 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1978 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1987 0 0 0 0 0 0
1991–present See Kenya national under-23 football team
Total 4/4 0 0 0 0 0 0

HonoursEdit

Recent resultsEdit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 30 players have been pre-selected for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.[11]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Patrick Matasi (1987-12-11) 11 December 1987 (age 31) 22 0   Saint George
1GK John Oyemba (1993-06-03) 3 June 1993 (age 25) 0 0   Kariobangi Sharks
1GK Farouk Shikalo (1996-12-10) 10 December 1996 (age 22) 0 0   Bandari
1GK Brian Bwire (2000-06-19) 19 June 2000 (age 18) 0 0   Kariobangi Sharks

2DF David Owino (1988-04-05) 5 April 1988 (age 31) 54 2   ZESCO United
2DF Musa Mohammed (1991-06-06) 6 June 1991 (age 27) 40 0   Nkana
2DF Aboud Omar (1992-09-09) 9 September 1992 (age 26) 32 0   Sepsi
2DF Brian Onyango (1994-07-24) 24 July 1994 (age 24) 31 2   Maritzburg United
2DF Eric Ouma (1996-09-27) 27 September 1996 (age 22) 18 0   Vasalunds
2DF Philemon Otieno (1992-10-18) 18 October 1992 (age 26) 6 0   Gor Mahia
2DF Joash Onyango (1993-01-31) 31 January 1993 (age 26) 4 0   Gor Mahia
2DF Bernard Ochieng (1996-01-25) 25 January 1996 (age 23) 2 0   Vihiga United
2DF Joseph Okumu (1997-05-26) 26 May 1997 (age 21) 1 0   Real Monarchs

3MF Victor Wanyama (captain) (1991-06-25) 25 June 1991 (age 27) 53 6   Tottenham Hotspur
3MF Anthony Akumu (1992-10-20) 20 October 1992 (age 26) 42 0   ZESCO United
3MF Clifton Miheso (1993-02-05) 5 February 1993 (age 26) 37 7   Olímpico do Montijo
3MF Francis Kahata (1992-07-04) 4 July 1992 (age 26) 34 2   Gor Mahia
3MF Dennis Odhiambo (1985-03-18) 18 March 1985 (age 34) 27 1   Sofapaka
3MF Eric Johanna Omondi (1994-08-18) 18 August 1994 (age 24) 24 4   IF Brommapojkarna
3MF Johanna Omolo (1989-07-31) 31 July 1989 (age 29) 21 4   Cercle Brugge
3MF Ismael Athuman (1995-02-01) 1 February 1995 (age 24) 9 0   Las Palmas B
3MF Whyvonne Isuza (1994-11-08) 8 November 1994 (age 24) 8 1   Leopards
3MF Chris Mbamba (1992-04-30) 30 April 1992 (age 27) 0 0   Oskarshamns

4FW Allan Wanga (1985-11-26) 26 November 1985 (age 33) 48 12   Kakamega Homeboyz
4FW Michael Olunga (1994-03-26) 26 March 1994 (age 25) 32 14   Kashiwa Reysol
4FW Paul Were (1993-10-08) 8 October 1993 (age 25) 32 3   Trikala
4FW Ayub Masika (1992-09-10) 10 September 1992 (age 26) 17 4   Beijing Renhe
4FW Ovella Ochieng (1999-12-23) 23 December 1999 (age 19) 17 2   Vasalunds
4FW Masoud Juma (1996-02-03) 3 February 1996 (age 23) 8 3   Al-Nasr
4FW John Avire (1997-03-12) 12 March 1997 (age 22) 0 0   Sofapaka

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up to the Kenya squad within the past 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Boniface Oluoch (1986-12-22) 22 December 1986 (age 32) 30 0   Gor Mahia v.   Malawi, 11 September 2018
GK Ian Otieno (1993-08-09) 9 August 1993 (age 25) 2 0   Red Arrows v.   Malawi, 11 September 2018
GK Timothy Odhiambo (1997-07-08) 8 July 1997 (age 21) 0 0   Ulinzi Stars 2018 Intercontinental Cup
GK Byrne Omondi (1997-01-11) 11 January 1997 (age 22) 0 0   Tusker 2018 Intercontinental Cup

DF David Sesay (1998-09-18) 18 September 1998 (age 20) 0 0   Crawley Town v.   Ghana, 23 March 2019
DF David Ochieng (1992-10-07) 7 October 1992 (age 26) 34 2   IF Brommapojkarna v.   Sierra Leone, 16 November 2018
DF Jockins Atudo (1985-08-08) 8 August 1985 (age 33) 59 6   Posta Rangers v.   Ethiopia, 14 October 2018
DF Sosthenes Idah (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 26) 0 0   Thika United v.   Ethiopia, 10 October 2018 PRE
DF Michael Kibwage (1997-10-01) 1 October 1997 (age 21) 6 0   Leopards 2018 Intercontinental Cup
DF Bolton Omwenga (1996-12-17) 17 December 1996 (age 22) 5 0   Kariobangi Sharks 2018 Intercontinental Cup
DF Chrispin Oduor (1986-12-03) 3 December 1986 (age 32) 4 0   Mathare United 2018 Intercontinental Cup
DF Johnstone Omurwa (1998-08-08) 8 August 1998 (age 20) 0 0   Mathare United 2018 Intercontinental Cup

MF Hassan Abdallah (1996-07-06) 6 July 1996 (age 22) 1 0   Bandari v.   Ghana, 22 March 2019 PRE
MF Roy Okal (1995-08-15) 15 August 1995 (age 23) 0 0   Mathare United v.   Ghana, 22 March 2019 PRE
MF Henry Ochieng (1998-11-11) 11 November 1998 (age 20) 0 0   Braintree Town v.   Sierra Leone, 16 November 2018
MF McDonald Mariga (1987-04-04) 4 April 1987 (age 32) 40 4   Real Oviedo v.   Ghana, 8 September 2018 PRE
MF George Odhiambo (1992-12-31) 31 December 1992 (age 26) 22 1   Gor Mahia v.   Ghana, 8 September 2018 PRE
MF Samuel Onyango (1994-11-30) 30 November 1994 (age 24) 11 0   Gor Mahia v.   Ghana, 8 September 2018 PRE
MF Patilah Omoto (1995-03-02) 2 March 1995 (age 24) 16 0   Kariobangi Sharks 2018 Intercontinental Cup
MF Kenneth Muguna (1996-01-06) 6 January 1996 (age 23) 4 0   KF Tirana 2018 Intercontinental Cup
MF Vincent Wasambo (2000-05-29) 29 May 2000 (age 18) 1 0   Kariobangi Sharks 2018 Intercontinental Cup

FW Pistone Mutamba (1997-11-12) 12 November 1997 (age 21) 8 1   Sofapaka v.   Ghana, 23 March 2019
FW Jesse Were (1989-04-19) 19 April 1989 (age 30) 25 0   ZESCO United v.   Ghana, 22 March 2019 PRE
FW Duke Abuya (1994-02-09) 9 February 1994 (age 25) 0 0   Kariobangi Sharks v.   Ghana, 22 March 2019 PRE
FW Cliff Nyakeya (1995-01-11) 11 January 1995 (age 24) 0 0   Mathare United v.   Ghana, 22 March 2019 PRE
FW Nicholas Kipkirui (1996-05-31) 31 May 1996 (age 22) 1 0   Gor Mahia v.   Ghana, 22 March 2019 PRE
FW Jonah Ayunga (1997-05-24) 24 May 1997 (age 21) 0 0   Sutton United v.   Sierra Leone, 16 November 2018
FW Duncan Otieno (1994-05-26) 26 May 1994 (age 24) 12 1   Leopards v.   Ethiopia, 10 October 2018 PRE
FW John Mark Makwatta (1992-04-01) 1 April 1992 (age 27) 11 0   Buildcon 2018 Intercontinental Cup
FW Timothy Otieno (1994-06-26) 26 June 1994 (age 24) 4 1   Tusker 2018 Intercontinental Cup

ManagersEdit

Source : RSSSF

ReferencesEdit

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  4. ^ a b "FIFA suspends Kenya". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation sport. 26 October 2006.
  5. ^ Wandera, Gilbert (October 25, 2006). "FIFA Suspends Kenya Indefinitely". Nairobi: AllAfrica.com – The East African Standard.
  6. ^ Chweya, Edward (2016-02-20). "New FKF president Nick Mwendwa sacks Harambee Stars coach Bobby Williamson". Tuko.co.ke – Kenya news. Retrieved 2016-07-24.
  7. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking - Associations - Kenya - Men's - FIFA.com". FIFA.com. FIFA. Retrieved 2016-07-24.
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  9. ^ "Kenya 2017–18 Mafro Sports Kits". Todo Sobre Camisetas (in Spanish). 22 May 2017. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
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