Kenya national football team

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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 105 Steady (29 November 2018)[1]
Highest68 (December 2008)
Lowest137 (July 2007)
Elo ranking
Current 109 Decrease 2 (13 December 2018)[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 04 October 1961)
Biggest defeat
 Kenya 2–12 Ghana 
(Nairobi, Kenya 12 December 1965)[3]
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances5 (first in 1972)
Best resultGroup stage, 1972, 1988, 1990, 1992 and 2004

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.

History[edit]

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 bans[edit]

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 records[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 to Mexico 1970 Did not enter Did not enter
West Germany 1974 Did not qualify 6 2 2 2 9 8
Argentina 1978 2 0 1 1 0 1
Spain 1982 2 1 0 1 3 6
Mexico 1986 4 1 1 2 6 10
Italy 1990 6 1 3 2 2 4
United States 1994 2 1 0 1 2 4
France 1998 8 4 1 3 13 14
South Korea Japan 2002 2 0 1 1 0 2
Germany 2006 12 4 1 7 13 18
South Africa 2010 12 4 1 7 13 16
Brazil 2014 8 3 3 2 11 5
Russia 2018 4 2 1 1 6 4
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total 0/21 68 23 15 30 78 92

Africa Cup of Nations record[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Sudan 1957 Did not enter
United Arab Republic 1959
Ethiopia 1962 Did not qualify
Ghana 1963
Tunisia 1965
Ethiopia 1968
Sudan 1970
Cameroon 1972 Round 1 5th 3 0 2 1 3 4
Egypt 1974 Did not qualify
Ethiopia 1976
Ghana 1978
Nigeria 1980
Libya 1982
Ivory Coast 1984 Did not enter
Egypt 1986 Did not qualify
Morocco 1988 Round 1 8th 3 0 1 2 0 6
Algeria 1990 Round 1 8th 3 0 1 2 0 3
Senegal 1992 Round 1 9th 2 0 0 2 1 5
Tunisia 1994 Did not qualify
South Africa 1996 Withdrew
Burkina Faso 1998 Did not qualify
Ghana Nigeria 2000
Mali 2002
Tunisia 2004 Round 1 11th 3 1 0 2 4 6
Egypt 2006 to Gabon 2017 Did not qualify
Cameroon 2019 Qualified
Ivory Coast 2021 To be determined
Guinea 2023
Total Round 1 5/31 14 1 4 9 8 24

African Games[edit]

Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
African Games record
Year Result GP W D L GS GA
Republic of the Congo 1965 N/A 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nigeria 1973 0 0 0 0 0 0
Algeria 1978 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kenya 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

Honours[edit]

Recent results[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been selected for the 2019 AFCON Qualifier against Sierra Leone on 16 November 2018.[11]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Patrick Matasi (1987-12-11) 11 December 1987 (age 31) 21 0 Ethiopia Saint George
1GK Brian Bwire (2000-06-19) 19 June 2000 (age 18) 0 0 Kenya Kariobangi Sharks
1GK Farouk Shikalo (1996-12-10) 10 December 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Kenya Bandari

2DF Musa Mohammed (1991-06-06) 6 June 1991 (age 27) 39 0 Zambia Nkana
2DF David Ochieng (1992-10-07) 7 October 1992 (age 26) 34 2 Sweden IF Brommapojkarna
2DF Aboud Omar (1992-09-09) 9 September 1992 (age 26) 32 0 Belgium Cercle Brugge
2DF Brian Onyango (1994-07-24) 24 July 1994 (age 24) 30 2 South Africa Maritzburg United
2DF Eric Ouma (1996-09-27) 27 September 1996 (age 22) 17 0 Sweden Vasalunds
2DF Philemon Otieno (1992-10-18) 18 October 1992 (age 26) 5 0 Kenya Gor Mahia
2DF Joash Onyango (1993-01-31) 31 January 1993 (age 25) 4 0 Kenya Gor Mahia
2DF Bernard Ochieng (1996-01-25) 25 January 1996 (age 22) 1 0 Kenya Vihiga United
2DF Joseph Okumu (1997-05-26) 26 May 1997 (age 21) 1 0 United States Real Monarchs

3MF Victor Wanyama (captain) (1991-06-25) 25 June 1991 (age 27) 52 6 England Tottenham Hotspur
3MF Anthony Akumu (1992-10-20) 20 October 1992 (age 26) 42 0 Zambia ZESCO United
3MF Francis Kahata (1992-07-04) 4 July 1992 (age 26) 33 2 Kenya Gor Mahia
3MF Paul Were (1993-10-08) 8 October 1993 (age 25) 32 3 Kazakhstan Kaisar
3MF Dennis Odhiambo (1985-03-18) 18 March 1985 (age 33) 26 1 Kenya Sofapaka
3MF Eric Johanna Omondi (1994-08-18) 18 August 1994 (age 24) 23 4 Sweden IF Brommapojkarna
3MF Johanna Omolo (1989-07-31) 31 July 1989 (age 29) 20 4 Belgium Cercle Brugge
3MF Ayub Masika (1992-09-10) 10 September 1992 (age 26) 17 4 China Beijing Renhe
3MF Ismael Athuman (1995-02-01) 1 February 1995 (age 23) 9 0 Spain Fuenlabrada
3MF Hassan Abdallah (1996-07-06) 6 July 1996 (age 22) 1 0 Kenya Bandari
3MF Cliff Nyakeya (1995-01-11) 11 January 1995 (age 23) 0 0 Kenya Mathare United
3MF Henry Ochieng (1998-11-11) 11 November 1998 (age 20) 0 0 England Braintree Town

4FW Allan Wanga (1985-11-26) 26 November 1985 (age 33) 48 12 Kenya Kakamega Homeboyz
4FW Michael Olunga (1994-03-26) 26 March 1994 (age 24) 32 14 Japan Kashiwa Reysol
4FW Ovella Ochieng (1999-12-23) 23 December 1999 (age 18) 17 2 Sweden Vasalunds
4FW Masoud Juma (1996-02-03) 3 February 1996 (age 22) 7 3 United Arab Emirates Dibba Al-Fujairah
4FW Pistone Mutamba (1997-11-12) 12 November 1997 (age 21) 7 1 Kenya Sofapaka
4FW Jonah Ayunga (1997-05-24) 24 May 1997 (age 21) 0 0 England Sutton United

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following 30 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 31) 30 0 Kenya Gor Mahia v.  Malawi, 11 September 2018
GK Ian Otieno (1993-08-09) 9 August 1993 (age 25) 2 0 Zambia Red Arrows v.  Malawi, 11 September 2018
GK Timothy Odhiambo (1997-07-08) 8 July 1997 (age 21) 0 0 Kenya Ulinzi Stars 2018 Intercontinental Cup
GK Byrne Omondi (1997-01-11) 11 January 1997 (age 21) 0 0 Kenya Tusker 2018 Intercontinental Cup
GK John Oyemba (1993-06-03) 3 June 1993 (age 25) 0 0 Kenya Kariobangi Sharks v.  Central African Republic, 27 March 2018

DF Jockins Atudo (1985-08-08) 8 August 1985 (age 33) 59 6 Kenya Posta Rangers v.  Ethiopia, 14 October 2018
DF Sosthenes Idah (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 25) 0 0 Kenya Thika United v.  Ethiopia, 10 October 2018 PRE
DF Michael Kibwage (1997-10-01) 1 October 1997 (age 21) 6 0 Kenya Leopards 2018 Intercontinental Cup
DF Bolton Omwenga (1996-12-17) 17 December 1996 (age 22) 5 0 Kenya Kariobangi Sharks 2018 Intercontinental Cup
DF Chrispin Oduor (1986-12-03) 3 December 1986 (age 32) 4 0 Kenya Mathare United 2018 Intercontinental Cup
DF Johnstone Omurwa (1998-08-08) 8 August 1998 (age 20) 0 0 Kenya Mathare United 2018 Intercontinental Cup
DF Haron Shakava (1993-12-27) 27 December 1993 (age 24) 6 1 Kenya Gor Mahia v.  Equatorial Guinea, 28 May 2018
DF Dennis Sikhayi (1991-08-15) 15 August 1991 (age 27) 7 0 Kenya Leopards v.  Eswatini, 25 May 2018 PRE

MF Whyvonne Isuza (1994-11-08) 8 November 1994 (age 24) 8 1 Kenya Leopards v.  Ethiopia, 10 October 2018 PRE
MF David Owino (1988-04-05) 5 April 1988 (age 30) 54 2 Zambia ZESCO United v.  Malawi, 11 September 2018 INJ
MF McDonald Mariga (1987-04-04) 4 April 1987 (age 31) 40 4 Spain Real Oviedo v.  Ghana, 8 September 2018 PRE
MF Clifton Miheso (1993-02-05) 5 February 1993 (age 25) 37 7 Zambia Buildcon v.  Ghana, 8 September 2018 PRE
MF George Odhiambo (1992-12-31) 31 December 1992 (age 25) 22 1 Kenya Gor Mahia v.  Ghana, 8 September 2018 PRE
MF Samuel Onyango (1994-11-30) 30 November 1994 (age 24) 11 0 Kenya Gor Mahia v.  Ghana, 8 September 2018 PRE
MF Patilah Omoto (1995-03-02) 2 March 1995 (age 23) 16 0 Kenya Kariobangi Sharks 2018 Intercontinental Cup
MF Kenneth Muguna (1996-01-06) 6 January 1996 (age 22) 4 0 Albania KF Tirana 2018 Intercontinental Cup
MF Vincent Wasambo (2000-05-29) 29 May 2000 (age 18) 1 0 Kenya Kariobangi Sharks 2018 Intercontinental Cup
MF Humphrey Mieno (1989-09-25) 25 September 1989 (age 29) 20 0 Kenya Gor Mahia v.  Equatorial Guinea, 28 May 2018
MF Marvin Omondi (1996-03-03) 3 March 1996 (age 22) 1 0 Kenya Leopards v.  Equatorial Guinea, 28 May 2018

FW Jesse Were (1989-04-19) 19 April 1989 (age 29) 25 0 Zambia ZESCO United v.  Malawi, 11 September 2018
FW Erick Kapaito (1991-06-07) 7 June 1991 (age 27) 2 0 Kenya Kariobangi Sharks v.  Central African Republic, 27 March 2018
FW Duncan Otieno (1994-05-26) 26 May 1994 (age 24) 12 1 Kenya Leopards v.  Ethiopia, 10 October 2018 PRE
FW John Mark Makwatta (1992-04-01) 1 April 1992 (age 26) 11 0 Zambia Buildcon 2018 Intercontinental Cup
FW Timothy Otieno (1994-06-26) 26 June 1994 (age 24) 4 1 Kenya Tusker 2018 Intercontinental Cup
DF Jefari Owiti (1998-11-17) 17 November 1998 (age 20) 1 0 Kenya Leopards v.  Eswatini, 25 May 2018 PRE

Managers[edit]

Source : RSSSF

References[edit]

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  11. ^ "Ayub Timbe recalled as Sebastien Migne name Kenya squad to face Sierra Leone". Seth Willis. goal.com. 30 October 2018. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  12. ^ Kenya national football team at National-Football-Teams.com.

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