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 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.
|Association||Football Kenya Federation|
|Sub-confederation||CECAFA (Central & East Africa)|
|Head coach||Francis Kimanzi|
|Most caps||Mike Origi (120)|
|Top scorer||Dennis Oliech (34)|
|Home stadium||Moi International Sports Centre|
|Current||107 (19 September 2019)|
|Highest||68 (December 2008)|
|Lowest||137 (July 2007)|
|Current||114 2 (18 October 2019)|
|Highest||60 (November 1983)|
|Lowest||140 (August 2011)|
| Kenya 1–1 Uganda |
(Nairobi, Kenya; 1 May 1926)
| Kenya 10–0 Zanzibar |
(Nairobi, Kenya; 4 October 1961)
| Kenya 2–12 Ghana |
(Nairobi, Kenya; 12 December 1965)
|Africa Cup of Nations|
|Appearances||6 (first in 1972)|
|Best result||Group stage (1972, 1988, 1990, 1992, 2004 and 2019)|
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.
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.
Kenya are currently coached by Francis Kimanzi.
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, and since his appointment Kenya has climbed back into the top 100 FIFA ranked nations.
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.
World Cup recordEdit
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup Qualification record|
|1930 to 1970||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1974||Did not qualify||6||2||2||2||9||8|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
Africa Cup of Nations recordEdit
|Africa Cup of Nations record|
|1957 to 1959||Not affiliated to CAF|
|1962 to 1970||Did not qualify|
|1974 to 1982||Did not qualify|
|1984||Did not enter|
|1986||Did not qualify|
|1994||Did not qualify|
|1998 to 2002||Did not qualify|
|2006 to 2017||Did not qualify|
|2021||To be determined|
- Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
|African Games record|
|1991–present||See Kenya national under-23 football team|
|2 June 2018 2018 Hero Intercontinental Cup||Kenya||2–1||New Zealand||Mumbai, India|
|20:00 IST||Miheso 45'
|Report||Singh 42'||Stadium: Mumbai Football Arena|
Referee: Santhosh Kumar (India)
|4 June 2018 2018 Hero Intercontinental Cup||India||3–0||Kenya||Mumbai, India|
|20:00 IST||Chhetri 68' (pen.), 90+1'
|Report||Stadium: Mumbai Football Arena|
Referee: Hettikamkanamge Perera (Sri Lanka)
|8 June 2018 2018 Hero Intercontinental Cup||Chinese Taipei||0–4||Kenya||Mumbai, India|
|20:00 IST||Report||Odhiambo 52'
Atudo 54' (pen.), 89'
|Stadium: Mumbai Football Arena|
Referee: Santhosh Kumar (India)
|10 June 2018 2018 Hero Intercontinental Cup||India||2–0||Kenya||Mumbai, India|
|20:00 IST||Chhetri 8', 29'||Report||Stadium: Mumbai Football Arena|
Referee: Nivon Robesh Gamini (Sri Lanka)
|8 September 2018 2019 AFCONQ||Kenya||1–0||Ghana||Kasarani, Kenya|
|16:00 EAT||Opoku 40' (o.g.)||Report||Stadium: Moi International Sports Centre|
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
|11 September 2018 Friendly||Kenya||1–0||Malawi||Kasarani, Kenya|
|15:00 EAT||Kahata 78'||Report||Stadium: Moi International Sports Centre|
Referee: Israel Mpaima (Kenya)
|10 October 2018 2019 AFCONQ||Ethiopia||0–0||Kenya||Bahir Dar, Ethiopia|
|16:00 EAT||Report||Stadium: Bahir Dar Stadium|
Referee: Bakary Gassama (Gambia)
|14 October 2018 2019 AFCONQ||Kenya||3–0||Ethiopia||Kasarani, Kenya|
|16:00 EAT||Olunga 23'
Wanyama 67' (pen.)
|Report||Stadium: Moi International Sports Centre|
Referee: Ahmad Imtehaz Heeralall (Mauritius)
|18 November 2018 2019 AFCONQ||Kenya||Cancelled||Sierra Leone||Kasarani, Kenya|
|16:00 EAT||Report||Stadium: Moi International Sports Centre|
|Note: The match was cancelled by the CAF on 12 November due to FIFA's suspension of the Sierra Leone Football Association on 5 October 2018.|
|23 March 2019 2019 AFCONQ||Ghana||1–0||Kenya||Accra, Ghana|
|18:00 GMT||Ekuban 82'||Report||Stadium: Accra Sports Stadium|
Referee: Joshua Bondo (Botswana)
|7 June 2019 Friendly||Kenya||1–0||Madagascar||Bondoufle, France|
|19:00 EAT||Wanyama 64' (pen.)||Report||Stadium: Stade Robert Bobin|
|15 June 2019 Friendly||Kenya||1–1||DR Congo||Madrid, Spain|
|18:00||Olunga 25'||Report||Masuaku 87'||Stadium: Polideportivo Santa Ana|
|23 June 2019 2019 AFCON||Algeria||2–0||Kenya||Cairo, Egypt|
|22:00 CAT||Bounedjah 34'
|Report||Stadium: 30 June Stadium|
Referee: Mahamadou Keita (Mali)
|27 June 2019 2019 AFCON||Kenya||3–2||Tanzania||Cairo, Egypt|
|22:00 CAT||Olunga 39', 80'
|Stadium: 30 June Stadium|
Referee: Ahmad Heeralall (Mauritius)
|1 July 2019 2019 AFCON||Kenya||0–3||Senegal||Cairo, Egypt|
|21:00 CAT||Report||Sarr 63'
Mané 71', 78' (pen.)
|Stadium: 30 June Stadium|
Referee: Gehad Grisha (Egypt)
|8 September 2019 Friendly||Kenya||1–1||Uganda||Nairobi, Kenya|
|Muguna 51'||Report||Okwi 23'||Stadium: Moi International Sports Centre|
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Farouk Shikalo||10 December 1996||0||0||Bandari|
|18||GK||Patrick Matasi||11 December 1987||24||0||Saint George|
|23||GK||John Oyemba||3 June 1993||1||0||Kariobangi Sharks|
|2||DF||Joseph Okumu||26 May 1997||3||0||IF Elfsborg|
|3||DF||Aboud Omar||9 September 1992||35||0||Sepsi|
|4||DF||Joash Onyango||31 January 1993||6||0||Gor Mahia|
|5||DF||Musa Mayieko||6 June 1991||41||0||Nkana|
|6||DF||Bernard Ochieng||25 January 1996||3||0||Vihiga United|
|13||DF||Eric Ouma||27 September 1996||19||0||Vasalunds|
|15||DF||Owino Odhiambo||5 April 1988||55||2||ZESCO United|
|20||DF||Philemon Otieno||18 October 1992||8||0||Gor Mahia|
|7||MF||Timbe Masika||10 September 1992||19||4||Beijing Renhe|
|8||MF||Johanna Omolo||31 July 1989||21||4||Cercle Brugge|
|10||MF||Eric Johanna Omondi||18 August 1994||26||4||IF Brommapojkarna|
|11||MF||Kahata Nyambura||4 July 1992||36||2||Gor Mahia|
|12||MF||Victor Wanyama (captain)||25 June 1991||55||7||Tottenham Hotspur|
|16||MF||Paul Were||8 October 1993||34||3||Trikala|
|17||MF||Ismael Athuman||1 February 1995||10||0||Las Palmas B|
|19||MF||Ovella Ochieng||23 December 1999||19||2||Vasalunds|
|21||MF||Dennis Odhiambo||18 March 1985||29||1||Sofapaka|
|9||FW||John Avire||12 March 1997||1||0||Sofapaka|
|14||FW||Michael Olunga||26 March 1994||34||15||Kashiwa Reysol|
|22||FW||Masoud Juma||3 February 1996||9||3||Al-Nasr|
The following players have been called up to the Kenya squad within the past 12 months.
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