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Calabar’s position in Stars squad up for grabs

Harambee Stars technical bench will pick a replacement for suspended central defender David “Calabar” Owino from three possible choices in Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Guinea Bissau.

Joackins Atudo, James Situma and Musa Mohammed are in line to replace Owino who has been ruled out of the match after picking up consecutive bookings in Stars’ last two assignments against Guinea Bissau and Zambia.

“We are looking for an experienced defender, someone who has played there before and will not require much time to slot in, you know this is a high stakes game,” Stars coach Stanley Okumbi told Nairobi News on Friday.

Situma and Mohammed featured for the full 90 minutes, during Stars the first leg fixture against Guinea Bissau on Wednesday night in the right and left full back positions respectively.


Stars will be keen to win the return leg match on Sunday at Nyayo National Stadium to revive their fading hopes of featuring at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon next year.

Meanwhile, a unit of local police, the Anti terror unit and National Youth Service will be provide security during match.

This was confirmed on Friday by Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa at a press briefing in Nairobi.

The decision to include the Anti terror Police in this assignment comes when the country is on terror alert during Easter holidays.

Match tickets go on sale on Saturday in KK security vans  across various points in the Nairobi. The tickets will retail at Sh300 (terraces) and Sh1,000 (VIP).