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 coachEngin Fırat
CaptainMichael Olunga
Most capsMusa Otieno (90)
Top scorerWilliam Ouma (35)
Home stadiumMoi International Sports Centre
FIFA codeKEN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 102 Steady (23 December 2021)[1]
Highest68 (December 2008)
Lowest137 (July 2007)
First international
 Kenya 1–1 Uganda 
(Nairobi, Kenya; 1 May 1926)
Biggest win
 Kenya 10–0 Zanzibar 
(Nairobi, Kenya; 4 October 1961)
Biggest defeat
 Uganda 13–1 Kenya 
(Uganda; unknown date 1932)[2]
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 25 October 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 head coach at the time 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]

Motivation partnership with OdibetsEdit

On the 8th of March 2021, the Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa and Odibets General Manager Dedan Mungai unveiled a historic partnership. The partnership was the first of its kind where the betting company Odibets would sponsor the Kenyan football team to prepare for five upcoming matches. The 5 million shilling motivation deal was set in place to cater for the team's wants and needs. While it was set as a continuous partnership, the initial donation of KSH 5,000,000 was made as a one time payment.[11]

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.

2021Edit

13 March Friendly Kenya   1–0   South Sudan Nairobi, Kenya
12:00 UTC+2
  • Rupia   77'
Report Stadium: Nyayo National Stadium
Referee: Dickens Mimisa (Kenya)
15 March Friendly Kenya   2–1   Tanzania Nairobi, Kenya
12:00 UTC+2
Report
Stadium: Nyayo National Stadium
Referee: Raymond Onyango (Kenya)
18 March Friendly Kenya   Cancelled   Tanzania Nairobi, Kenya
Stadium: Moi International Sports Centre
25 March 2021 AFCONQ Kenya   1–1   Egypt Nairobi, Kenya
19:00 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Nyayo National Stadium
Referee: Thando Ndzandzeka (South Africa)
29 March 2021 AFCONQ Togo   1–2   Kenya Lomé, Togo
16:00 UTC±0
Report
Stadium: Stade de Kégué
Referee: Raymond Coker (Sierra Leone)
2 September 2022 World Cup qualification Kenya   0–0   Uganda Nairobi, Kenya
16:00 EAT Report Stadium: Nyayo National Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Mahmood Ismail (Sudan)
5 September 2022 World Cup qualification Rwanda   1–1   Kenya Kigali, Rwanda
16:00 EAT Rwatubyaye   21' Report Olunga   9' Stadium: Stade Régional de Nyamirambo
Referee: Joseph Odey Ogabor (Nigeria)
7 October 2022 World Cup qualification Mali   5–0   Kenya Agadir, Morocco
22:00 EAT
Report Stadium: Grande Stade d’Agadir
Referee: Youssef Essrayri (Tunisia)
10 October 2022 World Cup qualification Kenya   0–1   Mali Nairobi, Kenya
16:00 UTC+3 Report
Stadium: Nyayo National Stadium
Referee: Blaise Yuven Ngwa (Cameroon)
10 November 2022 World Cup qualification Uganda   1–1   Kenya Entebbe, Uganda
Report
Stadium: St. Mary's Stadium-Kitende
Referee: Souleiman Ahmed Djama (Djibouti)
15 November 2022 World Cup qualification Kenya   2–1   Rwanda Nairobi, Kenya
16:00 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Nyayo National Stadium
Referee: Celso Alvação (Mozambique)

Coaching historyEdit

Caretaker managers are listed in italics.

Source : RSSSF

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players have been selected for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Uganda and Rwanda on 10 and 15 November 2021.[12]

Caps and goals are correct as of 10 October 2021, after the match against Mali.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Ian Otieno (1993-08-09) 9 August 1993 (age 28) 10 0   Zesco United
23 1GK James Saruni (1985-11-24) 24 November 1985 (age 36) 2 0   Ulinzi Stars
18 1GK Brian Bwire (2000-06-19) 19 June 2000 (age 21) 1 0   Tusker

5 2DF Musa Mohammed (1991-06-06) 6 June 1991 (age 30) 44 0   Lusaka Dynamos
3 2DF Aboud Omar (1992-09-09) 9 September 1992 (age 29) 40 0   AEL
4 2DF David Ochieng (1992-10-07) 7 October 1992 (age 29) 35 2   Mathare United
13 2DF Eric Ouma (1995-09-27) 27 September 1995 (age 26) 34 0   AIK
2 2DF Joseph Okumu (1997-05-26) 26 May 1997 (age 24) 15 0   KAA Gent
2DF Johnstone Omurwa (1998-08-08) 8 August 1998 (age 23) 11 0   Wazito

17 3MF Teddy Akumu (1992-10-20) 20 October 1992 (age 29) 45 0   Kaizer Chiefs
11 3MF Clifton Miheso (1993-02-05) 5 February 1993 (age 28) 43 7   Gor Mahia
3MF Eric Johana Omondi (1994-08-18) 18 August 1994 (age 27) 36 4   Jönköping
10 3MF Kenneth Muguna (1996-01-06) 6 January 1996 (age 26) 24 2   Azam
22 3MF Hassan Abdallah (1996-07-06) 6 July 1996 (age 25) 16 6   Bandari
12 3MF Samuel Onyango (1994-11-30) 30 November 1994 (age 27) 13 0   Gor Mahia
8 3MF Duke Abuya (1994-03-23) 23 March 1994 (age 27) 8 0   Nkana
7 3MF Cliff Nyakeya (1995-01-11) 11 January 1995 (age 27) 8 2   Al Masry
6 3MF Richard Odada (2000-11-25) 25 November 2000 (age 21) 4 0   Metalac
19 3MF Anthony Wambani (1999-08-07) 7 August 1999 (age 22) 3 0   Vasalunds
15 3MF Amos Nondi (1999-02-10) 10 February 1999 (age 22) 0 0   Dila Gori
3MF Timothy Ouma (2004-06-10) 10 June 2004 (age 17) 2 0   Nairobi City Stars
21 3MF Alwyn Tera (1997-01-18) 18 January 1997 (age 25) 0 0   Ararat-Armenia

14 4FW Michael Olunga (1994-03-26) 26 March 1994 (age 27) 44 19   Al-Duhail
9 4FW Ismael Dunga (1993-02-24) 24 February 1993 (age 28) 0 0   Sagan Tosu

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 Farouk Shikhalo (1996-10-12) 12 October 1996 (age 25) 0 0   KMC v.   Mali, 10 October 2021
GK Joseph Okoth (1993-12-03) 3 December 1993 (age 28) 0 0   KCB v.   Uganda, 2 September 2021
GK Sam Adisa (1993-12-03) 3 December 1993 (age 28) 1 0   Bidco United v.   Tanzania, 15 March 2021
GK Peter Odhiambo (1994-12-23) 23 December 1994 (age 27) 0 0   Wazito v.   Tanzania, 15 March 2021

DF David Owino Odhiambo (1988-04-05) 5 April 1988 (age 33) 66 2   NAPSA Stars v.   Mali, 10 October 2021
DF Joash Onyango (1993-01-31) 31 January 1993 (age 28) 18 0   Simba v.   Mali, 10 October 2021
DF Daniel Sakari (1999-01-25) 25 January 1999 (age 22) 11 0   Tusker v.   Mali, 10 October 2021
DF Eugene Asike (1993-11-30) 30 November 1993 (age 28) 6 0   Tusker v.   Mali, 10 October 2021
DF Bolton Omwenga (1996-12-17) 17 December 1996 (age 25) 5 0   Kagera Sugar v.   Mali, 10 October 2021
DF David Owino Ambulu (1998-07-20) 20 July 1998 (age 23) 1 0   KCB v.   Mali, 10 October 2021
DF Haron Shakava (1992-11-26) 26 November 1992 (age 29) 6 1   Nkana v.   Uganda, 2 September 2021
DF Andrew Juma (1997-08-07) 7 August 1997 (age 24) 1 0   Gor Mahia v.   Uganda, 2 September 2021
DF Siraj Mohammed (1998-12-04) 4 December 1998 (age 23) 0 0   Bandari v.   Uganda, 2 September 2021
DF Frank Odhiambo (2002-10-22) 22 October 2002 (age 19) 0 0   Djurgårdens IF v.   Uganda, 2 September 2021
DF Nahashon Alembi (1995-06-13) 13 June 1995 (age 26) 3 0   KCB v.   Egypt, 25 March 2021
DF Baraka Badi (1998-10-25) 25 October 1998 (age 23) 2 0   KCB v.   Egypt, 25 March 2021
DF Harun Mwale (1995-02-10) 10 February 1995 (age 26) 2 0   Ulinzi Stars v.   Egypt, 25 March 2021
DF Michael Kibwage (1997-10-01) 1 October 1997 (age 24) 10 0   Sofapaka v.   Tanzania, 15 March 2021
DF Samuel Olwande (1989-04-12) 12 April 1989 (age 32) 10 0   Kariobangi Sharks v.   Tanzania, 15 March 2021
DF Boniface Onyango (1989-01-04) 4 January 1989 (age 33) 1 0   Kariobangi Sharks v.   Tanzania, 15 March 2021

MF Lawrence Juma (1992-11-17) 17 November 1992 (age 29) 13 0   Sofapaka v.   Mali, 10 October 2021
MF Ismael Athuman (1995-02-01) 1 February 1995 (age 26) 11 0   Real Murcia v.   Mali, 10 October 2021
MF Boniface Muchiri (1996-08-28) 28 August 1996 (age 25) 6 0   Tusker v.   Mali, 10 October 2021
MF Philip Mayaka (2000-11-30) 30 November 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Colorado Springs Switchbacks v.   Mali, 10 October 2021
MF Eric Zakayo (1998-08-17) 17 August 1998 (age 23) 0 0   Tusker v.   Mali, 10 October 2021
MF Patilah Omoto (1995-03-02) 2 March 1995 (age 26) 16 0   Kariobangi Sharks v.   Uganda, 2 September 2021
MF Duncan Otieno (1994-05-26) 26 May 1994 (age 27) 13 1   Lusaka Dynamos v.   Uganda, 2 September 2021
MF Jackson Macharia (1994-06-15) 15 June 1994 (age 27) 1 0   Tusker v.   Uganda, 2 September 2021
MF Enoch Momanyi 0 0   Talanta v.   Uganda, 2 September 2021
MF Kevin Kimani (1989-06-12) 12 June 1989 (age 32) 24 0   Wazito v.   Egypt, 25 March 2021
MF Danson Chetambe (1995-08-25) 25 August 1995 (age 26) 2 0   Bandari v.   Egypt, 25 March 2021
MF James Mazembe (1998-05-02) 2 May 1998 (age 23) 2 0   Kariobangi Sharks v.   Egypt, 25 March 2021
MF Musa Masika (2000-06-03) 3 June 2000 (age 21) 5 0   Wazito v.   Tanzania, 15 March 2021
MF John Macharia (1999-01-10) 10 January 1999 (age 23) 1 0   Gor Mahia v.   Tanzania, 15 March 2021
MF Michael Mutinda (1995-12-27) 27 December 1995 (age 26) 1 0   KCB v.   Tanzania, 15 March 2021
MF Collins Shichenje (2003-09-19) 19 September 2003 (age 18) 1 0   AFC Leopards v.   Tanzania, 15 March 2021
MF Oliver Maloba (1999-01-10) 10 January 1999 (age 23) 0 0   Nairobi City Stars v.   Tanzania, 15 March 2021
MF Reagan Otieno (1999-10-23) 23 October 1999 (age 22) 0 0   KCB v.   Tanzania, 15 March 2021

FW Erick Kapaito (1995-12-25) 25 December 1995 (age 26) 3 1   Abra Minch v.   Mali, 10 October 2021
FW Henry Meja (2001-06-12) 12 June 2001 (age 20) 2 0   Tusker v.   Mali, 10 October 2021
FW Masoud Juma (1996-02-03) 3 February 1996 (age 25) 16 5   Difaâ Hassani El Jadidi v.   Uganda, 2 September 2021
FW Elvis Rupia (1995-04-12) 12 April 1995 (age 26) 2 1   AFC Leopards v.   Uganda, 2 September 2021
FW Benson Omalla (2001-10-16) 16 October 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Gor Mahia v.   Tanzania, 15 March 2021

RecordsEdit

As of 12 November 2021[13]
Players in bold are still active with Kenya.

Competition recordsEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

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 Part of   United Kingdom Part of   United Kingdom
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966 Did not enter Declined participation
  1970
  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 6 1 3 2 4 9
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/22 74 24 18 32 82 101

Africa Cup of NationsEdit

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 Did not qualify
  2023 To be determined
  2025
Total Group stage 6/33 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

ReferencesEdit

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