Harambee Stars take on Iraq in friendly

Harambee Stars players celebrate victory in a previous match. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Baghdad, IRAQ: National men’s soccer team Harambee Stars will this evening take on Iraq in an international friendly match at the Basra Stadium.

Both teams having been eliminated in the race 2018 Russia World Cup qualifiers are set to tussles each other as a host of nations jostle for a ticket for the global showpiece across the world on Thursday.

Kenya and Iraq last met in 2003 with the latter claiming a 2-0 success in an international friendly match staged at the Bahrain National Stadium, in Bahrain.

Besides Iraq, Harambee Stars who are preparing for the African Nations Cup qualifiers will on Sunday play Thailand in another friendly match against the Asian sides.

Meanwhile, Zesco United defender David Owion is expected to deputize for skipper Victor Wanyama who is sidelined after injuring himself while on duty with his club Tottenham Hot Spurs.

Michael Olunga who plies his trade with Spanish side Girona FC will lead Stars’ goal onslaught alongside Zesco United’s marksman Jesse Were.

Other foreign based players in the squad are Aboud Omar who play for Bulgarian outfit Slavia Sofia, Anthony Akumu, Jesse Were, Clifton Miheso and John Mark Makwatta both who play for Zambian clubs.