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Harambee Stars-Ivory Coast match officials, kick-off times confirmed

Monday, June 10th, 2024 12:50 | By
Harambee Stars training in Lilongwe, Malawi. PHOTO/@Harambee__Stars/X
Harambee Stars training in Lilongwe, Malawi. PHOTO/@Harambee__Stars/X

The World Cup Qualifiers match between Harambee Stars and Ivory Coast will feature four Moroccan nationals as part of the match officiating team.

Jayed Jalal will serve as the Centre Referee, with Azgaou Lahsen as the First Assistant and Jermoumi Fatiha as the Second Assistant.

Harambee Stars match officials

Kech Chaf Mustapha will act as the Fourth Official. The Referee Assessor will be Gaye Fatou from Egypt, and Hassan Amir Abdi will be the Match Commissioner.

Harambee Stars’ Duke Abuya (left) scores against Burundi national team’s goalkeeper during their World Cup qualifier on Friday.
Harambee Stars’ Duke Abuya (left) scores against Burundi national team’s goalkeeper during their World Cup qualifier on Friday. PHOTO/FKF

The match is scheduled to kick off at 4:00 p.m. at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe, Malawi, with Harambee Stars chasing their second win in the qualifiers.

The Harambee Stars have made several additions to their squad ahead of the crucial World Cup qualifier match against Ivory Coast.

Following their draw against Burundi, the technical bench has summoned Kenya Police defender David "Cheche" Ochieng, who is expected to join the camp for the final training session.

Clyde Senaji, a defender based in Malawi with Nyasa Bullets, was called up on Saturday. Senaji's impressive first season with Nyasa Bullets saw him win the FDH Cup, Super League, Challenge Cup, and the Top 8.

Although he missed out on the title in his second season, his performance remained commendable. Despite initially missing the call-up, injuries and challenges in the camp have necessitated his inclusion.

Kenya Police's David Okoth has also been added to the squad ahead of the vital match. These call-ups come after new recruits Zak Vyner and Tobias Knost, who missed the previous match due to unresolved nationality switch issues, were excluded. Vyner and Knost, born in England and Germany respectively, faced complications that prevented them from being in the starting lineup or on the reserves against Burundi.

The Harambee Stars began their preparations for the qualifiers on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, in Nairobi but have been hampered by injuries, with Joseph Okumu and Eric Ouma among the affected players.

Harambee Stars venue

Despite being the home team, Harambee Stars are hosting their games at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe, Malawi.

This arrangement is due to the unavailability of Kenya's Nyayo National Stadium and Kasarani Stadium, the only venues provisionally approved by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to host international matches.

Harambee Stars in a training session.
Harambee Stars in a training session. PHOTO/@Harambee__Stars/X

Both stadiums are currently undergoing renovations in preparation for the 2024 African Nations Championships (CHAN) and the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), which Kenya will co-host with Tanzania and Uganda.

The Harambee Stars are determined to bounce back and secure a positive result against Ivory Coast on Tuesday, June 11, at Bingu Stadium in Lilongwe.

Harambee Stars Full Squad

Goalkeepers: Ian Otieno, Byrne Omondi, Patrick Matasi

Defenders: Johnstone Omurwa, Collins Sichenje, Zak Vyner, Alphonce Omija, Abud Omar, Daniel Anyembe, Tobias Knost, Baron Ochieng

Midfielders: John Ochieng, Anthony Akumu, Richard Odada, Chrispine Erambo, Timothy Ouma, Duke Abuya, Kenneth Muguna, Austin Odhiambo, Ronney Onyango, Clifton Miheso

Forwards: John Avire, Benson Omalla, Michael Olunga

Additions

Clyne Senaji, David Okoth, David Ochieng

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