Today, 2nd May 2014, is the last day for submitting World Cup squads to FIFA. And in characteristic fashion, FKF has beaten the deadline by just a few hours and released the Kenya squad.
There was no surprise inclusions or exclusions and the 23-man team will be camping in Nairobi’s high end restaurants before flying to Brazil for the finals of the four-yearly tournament. They meet Issa Hayatou, Sepp Blatter and the FIFA Congress in the Group Stages hoping to get tickets for some knock out matches.
GOALKEEPERS: Drawing Board, Mediocrity, Hooligans
DEFENDERS: Sam Nyamweya, Robert Asembo, Doris Petra, Michael Esakwa, Elly Mukolwe.
MIDFIELDERS: Poor Officiating, No Structures, No Friendlies, No Youth Policy, Bad Pitches, Lack Of Goodwill, Naivety, Unpreparedness, Talent, Bad Luck, Drug Abuse
FORWARDS: Favouritism, Corruption, Tribalism, Patriotism.
In another development, President Uhuru Kenyatta has named his own 18-man squad that he is sponsoring to go and watch the action in Brazil, hoping the move will motivate them to qualify for the tournament in future. The team flies to Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday, June 25 on a tour of the spiritual land of football and to watch Portugal vs Ghana in Brasilia. They will return on Sunday, June 29 just when the knock out stages will be getting underway.
The most notable surprise omissions for unclear reasons are Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama, McDonald Mariga, Dennis Oliech, Edwin Lavatsa and Jamal Mohammed. Joe Gachoka, the son of political activist Tony Gachoka, has been included.
This comes hot on the heels of Divock Origi, the son of former Kenya striker Mike Okoth, deciding to play for World Cup dark horses and country of his birth, Belgium.
Players: Cliffton Miheso, Francis Kahata, Paul Kiongera, Jerim Onyango, Musa Mohammed, Jacob Keli, Wilson Obungu, Duncan Ochieng, David Owino, Joe Gachoka, James Situma, Wycliffe Kasaya, Jockins Atudo
Officials: Jacob Mulee, James Nandwa, Adel Amrouche, Ken Odhiambo, Elly Mukolwe.