Ayub Timbe and John Avire start for Harambee Stars against Madagascar

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Harambee Stars will step onto the June 30 Stadium to face North African side Algeria in their Group C opener on Sunday

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Harambee Stars will step onto the June 30 Stadium to face North African side Algeria in their Group C opener on Sunday

Sebastien Migne has named the Harambee Stars squad to face Madagascar in a friendly at the Stade Robert-Robin, in Paris, France on Friday.

Migne has stuck with the majority of the players he used during the qualifiers where Patrick Matasi remains in goal and a back line that consists of Philemon Otieno at right-back, and Abud Omar on the other flank. Brian Mandela and Mus Mohamed will play at centre-back positions.

Captain Victor Wanyama and Sofapaka's Dennis Odhiambo have been given the deep-midfield roles while returning Ayub Timbe, Francis Kahata and Erick Johanna will form the forward line where John Avire takes the centre-forward role in the absence of Michael Olunga.

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The Kashiwa Reysol striker is on the bench though even after joining the team late in camp.

The match is set to kick off at 9 pm EAT on Friday. Kenya will also play another friendly match on June 15 against the Democratic Republic of Congo before leaving for Egypt on June 19.

Kenya are grouped in Group C alongside Algeria, Senegal and Tanzania.

Kenya XI: 18. Patrick Matasi (GK), 20. Philemon Otieno, 3. Abud Omar, 5. Brian Mandela, 2. Musa Mohammed, 12. Victor Wanyama, 21. Dennis Odhiambo, 10. Erick Johanna, 7. Ayub Timbe, 11. Francis Kahata, 9. John Avire

Subs: John Oyemba (GK), Faruk Shikalo (GK), Joash Onyango, Joseph Okumu, David Owino, Bernard Ochieng, Eric Ouma, Anthony Akumu, Ismael Gonzalez, Ovella Ochieng, Paul Were, Cliffton Miheso, Johanna Omollo, Masud Juma, Christopher Mbamba and Michael Olunga.

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