Kenya national football team

The Kenya national football team represents Kenya in international football. It is controlled by the Football Kenya Federation, the governing body 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 is yet to qualify for the FIFA World Cup competition.

Kenya
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Harambee Stars
AssociationFootball Kenya Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCECAFA (Central & East Africa)
Head coachJacob Mulee
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 104 Decrease 1 (27 November 2020)[1]
Highest68 (December 2008)
Lowest137 (July 2007)
Elo ranking
Current 116 Decrease 5 (19 November 2020)[2]
Highest60 (November 1983)
Lowest140 (August 2011)
First international
 Kenya 1–1 Uganda 
(Nairobi, Kenya; May 1, 1926)
Biggest win
 Kenya 10–0 Zanzibar 
(Nairobi, Kenya; October 4, 1961)
Biggest defeat
 Kenya 2–12 Ghana 
(Nairobi, Kenya; December 12, 1965)[3]
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances6 (first in 1972)
Best resultGroup stage (1972, 1988, 1990, 1992, 2004 and 2019)

HistoryEdit

Kenya has appeared in six Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, never reaching the 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]

Recent history (2004–present)Edit

Kenya qualified for the 2019 AFCON (this was their first appearance in the tournament since their appearance in 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 September 8, 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 to   1959 Not affiliated to CAF
  1962 to   1970 Did not qualify
  1972 Group stage 5th 3 0 2 1 3 4
  1974 to   1982 Did not qualify
  1984 Did not enter
  1986 Did not qualify
  1988 Group stage 8th 3 0 1 2 0 6
  1990 8th 3 0 1 2 0 3
  1992 9th 2 0 0 2 1 5
  1994 Did not qualify
  1996 Withdrew
  1998 to   2002 Did not qualify
  2004 Group stage 11th 3 1 0 2 4 6
  2006 to   2017 Did not qualify
  2019 Group stage 17th 3 1 0 2 3 7
  2021 To be determined
  2023
  2025
Total Group stage 6/32 17 2 4 11 11 31

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

Gossage Cup / CECAFA CupEdit

HonoursEdit

Recent resultsEdit

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

2019Edit

November 14 2021 AFCONQEgypt  1–1  KenyaAlexandria, Egypt
18:00 UTC+2
Report
Stadium: Borg El Arab Stadium
Referee: Sidi Alioum (Cameroon)
November 18 2021 AFCONQKenya  1–1  TogoKasarani, Kenya
19:00 UTC+3
Stadium: Moi International Sports Centre

2020Edit

9 October FriendlyKenya  2–1  ZambiaNairobi, Kenya
15:00 UTC+2
Stadium: Nyayo National Stadium
Referee: Anthony Ogwajo (Kenya)
11 November 2021 AFCONQKenya  1–1  ComorosKasarani, Kenya
19:00 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Moi International Sports Centre
Referee: Mutaz Ibrahim (Libya)
15 November 2021 AFCONQComoros  2–1  KenyaMoroni, Comoros
19:00 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Stade Omnisports de Malouzini
Referee: Bamlak Tessema Weyesa (Ethiopia)

2021Edit

22 March 2021 (2021-03-22) 2021 AFCONQKenya  v  Egypt
--:-- UTC+3
30 March 2021 (2021-03-30) 2021 AFCONQTogo  v  Kenya
--:-- UTC±0

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players have been selected for 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification matches against Comoros on 11 and 14 November 2020.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Arnold Origi (1983-11-15) November 15, 1983 (age 37) 33 0   HIFK
18 1GK Ian Otieno (1993-08-09) August 9, 1993 (age 27) 6 0   ZESCO United
23 1GK Brian Bwire (2000-06-19) June 19, 2000 (age 20) 0 0   Kariobangi Sharks

15 2DF David Owino (1988-04-05) April 5, 1988 (age 32) 64 2   ZESCO United
5 2DF Brian Onyango (1994-07-24) July 24, 1994 (age 26) 33 2 Unattached
3 2DF Eric Ouma (1996-09-27) September 27, 1996 (age 24) 26 0   AIK
13 2DF Samuel Olwande (1989-04-12) April 12, 1989 (age 31) 9 0   Kariobangi Sharks
2 2DF Joseph Okumu (1997-05-26) May 26, 1997 (age 23) 9 0   IF Elfsborg
4 2DF Johnstone Omurwa (1998-08-08) August 8, 1998 (age 22) 6 0   Wazito F.C.
16 2DF David Owino Ambulu (1998-07-20) July 20, 1998 (age 22) 0 0   Mathare United

12 3MF Victor Wanyama (1991-06-25) June 25, 1991 (age 29) 62 7   Montreal Impact
3MF Teddy Akumu (1992-10-20) October 20, 1992 (age 28) 44 0   Kaizer Chiefs F.C.
10 3MF Eric Johana Omondi (1994-08-18) August 18, 1994 (age 26) 32 4   Jönköpings Södra
8 3MF Johanna Omolo (1989-07-31) July 31, 1989 (age 31) 27 6   Cercle Brugge
7 3MF Ayub Masika (1992-09-10) September 10, 1992 (age 28) 24 4   Beijing Renhe
21 3MF Kenneth Muguna (1996-01-06) January 6, 1996 (age 24) 16 2   Gor Mahia
17 3MF Ismael Athuman (1995-02-01) February 1, 1995 (age 25) 11 0   Las Palmas
3MF Lawrence Juma (1992-11-17) November 17, 1992 (age 28) 8 0   Gor Mahia
11 3MF Hassan Abdallah (1996-07-06) July 6, 1996 (age 24) 7 3   Bandari
19 3MF Cliff Nyakeya (1995-01-11) January 11, 1995 (age 25) 4 1   FC Masr
3MF Musa Masika (2000-08-05) August 5, 2000 (age 20) 3 0   Wazito F.C.
3MF Boniface Muchiri (1996-08-26) August 26, 1996 (age 24) 2 0   Tusker

4FW John Makwatta (1995-06-01) June 1, 1995 (age 25) 11 0   ZESCO United
14 4FW Masoud Juma (1996-02-03) February 3, 1996 (age 24) 10 3   JS Kabylie
9 4FW John Avire (1997-03-12) March 12, 1997 (age 23) 3 0   Tanta

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 Patrick Matasi (1987-12-11) December 11, 1987 (age 32) 29 0   Saint George v.   Togo, 18 November 2019
GK Timothy Odhiambo (1997-07-08) July 8, 1997 (age 23) 0 0   Ulinzi Stars v.   Zambia, 9 October 2020

DF Joash Onyango (1993-01-31) January 31, 1993 (age 27) 18 0   Gor Mahia v.   Zambia, 9 October 2020
DF Baraka Badi (1998-10-25) October 25, 1998 (age 22) 1 0   KCB Nairobi v.   Zambia, 9 October 2020
DF Clarke Oduor (1999-06-25) June 25, 1999 (age 21) 1 0   Barnsley v.   Zambia, 9 October 2020
DF Haron Shakava (1993-11-26) November 26, 1993 (age 27) 6 1   Nkana v.   Togo, 18 November 2019
DF Hillary Wandera (1992-01-05) January 5, 1992 (age 28) 0 0   Tusker v.   Togo, 18 November 2019

MF Philemon Otieno (1992-10-18) October 18, 1992 (age 28) 11 0   Gor Mahia v.   Zambia, 9 October 2020
MF Francis Kahata (1992-05-04) May 4, 1992 (age 28) 40 2   Simba SC v.   Zambia, 9 October 2020
MF Whyvonne Isuza (1994-11-08) November 8, 1994 (age 26) 16 1   Leopards v.   Eritrea, 17 December 2019

FW Elvis Rupia (1995-04-12) April 12, 1995 (age 25) 0 0   Leopards v.   Zambia, 9 October 2020
FW Oscar Wamalwa (1990-06-20) June 20, 1990 (age 30) 5 3   Ulinzi Stars v.   Zambia, 9 October 2020
FW Timothy Otieno (1994-06-26) June 26, 1994 (age 26) 6 1   Tusker v.   Zambia, 9 October 2020
FW Michael Olunga (1994-03-26) March 26, 1994 (age 26) 41 18   Kashiwa Reysol v.   Togo, 18 November 2019
FW Jesse Were (1989-04-19) April 19, 1989 (age 31) 27 0   ZESCO United v.   Togo, 18 November 2019

ManagersEdit

Source : RSSSF

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. November 27, 2020. Retrieved November 27, 2020.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. November 19, 2020. Retrieved November 19, 2020.
  3. ^ Courtney, Barrie. "Kenya International matches". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved April 1, 2007.
  4. ^ a b "FIFA suspends Kenya". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation sport. October 26, 2006.
  5. ^ Wandera, Gilbert (October 25, 2006). "FIFA Suspends Kenya Indefinitely". Nairobi: AllAfrica.com – The East African Standard.
  6. ^ Chweya, Edward (February 20, 2016). "New FKF president Nick Mwendwa sacks Harambee Stars coach Bobby Williamson". Tuko.co.ke – Kenya news. Retrieved July 24, 2016.
  7. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking – Associations – Kenya – Men's". FIFA. Retrieved July 24, 2016.
  8. ^ "FKF unveils new kits in Ksh. 75M deal with Mafro Sports" (video). NTV Kenya. May 22, 2017. Retrieved June 15, 2017 – via YouTube.
  9. ^ "Kenya 2017–18 Mafro Sports Kits". Todo Sobre Camisetas (in Spanish). May 22, 2017. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  10. ^ "2019 Africa Cup of Nations: Kenya secure shock win over Ghana in qualifiers". BBC Sport. September 8, 2018. Retrieved September 8, 2018.
  11. ^ Kenya national football team at National-Football-Teams.com.

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