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Ismail Dunga Returns to Kenya Squad After Nine-Year Absence

After a lengthy absence, 28-year-old Ismail Dunga is back in the Harambee Stars set-up, having been called up among the 27 players invited for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Kenya coach Engin Firat recalled Sagan Tosu striker Ismail Dunga to the national team for their upcoming matches against Uganda and Rwanda.

The Harambee Stars, who are out of the World Cup qualification, will face their East Africa neighbors Uganda on November 11, 2021 in Kampala before facing Rwanda four days later in Nairobi.

Dunga has been rewarded with an invitation to the Harambee Stars team for the first time in nine years after his impressive performances for Sagan Tosu in the Japan J1 League this season.

The former Tusker attacker moved to Tokyo from Albanian outfit Vllaznia Shkoder in January transfer window and has already scored a coup of goals in Japanese top-flight.

Gor Mahia’s Philemon Otieno, KCB’s Ismael Dunga, Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Anthony Akumu and Sweden based Eric Johanna are among the five returnees to the squad.

Club Brugge’s 18-year-old defender Wilkins Ochieng and Nairobi City Stars’ midfielder Timothy Ouma are the three new faces on Firat’s list.

Kenya are third on their group with two points that they accumulated from a scoreless draw against Uganda on September 2, before settling for a 1-1 draw away in Rwanda on September 5.

Full Squad


Ian Otieno (Zesco, Zambia), Brian Bwire (Tusker), James Saruni (Ulinzi Stars), Gad Mathews (Gor Mahia)


Stanley Okumu (KAA Gent, Belgium), Abud Omar (AEL Larissa, Greece), Eric Ouma (AIK, Sweden), Bolton Omwenga (Kagera Sugar, Tanzania), Eugene Asike (Tusker), Johnstone Omurwa (Wazito), Philemon Otieno (Gor Mahia)


Amos Nondi (Dilagori, Georgia), Richard Odada (Redstar Belgrade, Serbia), Anthony Wambani (Vasalunds, Sweden), Kenneth Muguna (Azam, Tanzania), Alwyn Tera (FC Ararat, Armenia), Anthony Akumu (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa), Wilkins Ochieng (Club Brugge), Michael Mutinda (KCB), Duke Abuya (Kenya Police), Timothy Ouma (Nairobi City Stars), Eric Johanna Omondi (Jonkopings, Sweden), Boniface Muchiri (Tusker), Abdallah Hassan (Bandari)


Michael Olunga (Al Duhail, Qatar), Masud Juma (Difaâ Hassani El Jadidi, Morocco), Ismael Dunga (Sagan Tosu, Japan)


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