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Victor Wanyama to captain Kenya at 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder gets captain's armband as Kenya mark first return to Africa Cup of Nations since 2004

Tottenham's Victor Wanyama will captain Kenya at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. Reuters
Tottenham's Victor Wanyama will captain Kenya at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. Reuters

Sweden-based midfielder Ovella Ochieng and former Al Nasr Benghazi striker Masoud Juma were surprise inclusions in Kenya's 23-man squad named on Tuesday for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Defender Brian Mandela of South African premier league side Maritzburg United and newly-capped Sweden-based winger Christopher Mbamba were dropped from Sebastian Migne's squad due to injuries.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama will captain the side which makes a return to the competition for the first time since 2004.

Kenya, who have set up a three-week training base in France, will play DR Congo in their final build-up match in Madrid on Saturday before their departure for Egypt.

The tournament will be held from June 21 to July 19, with six venues to be used.

Kenya squad for 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

Goalkeepers: Patrick Matasi (St George/ETH) John Oyemba (Kariobangi Sharks) Faruk Shikalo (Bandari)

Defenders: Philemon Otieno (Gor) Abud Omar Sfantu Gheorghe/BUL) Bernard Ochieng (Vihiga United) Musa Mohammed (Nkana/ZAM) Joash Onyango (Gor) Joseph Okumu (Real Monarchs/USA) David Owino (Zesco United/ZAM) Eric Ouma Vasalunds/SWE)

Midfielders: Victor Wanyama (Tottenham/ENG) Dennis Odhiambo (Thika United) Erick Johanna (IF Brommapojkarna/SWE) Ayub Timbe (Beijing Renhe/CHN) Francis Kahata (Gor) Ismael Gonzalez (Las Palmas Atletico/ESP) Ovella Ochieng (Vasalunds/SWE) Paul Were (AO Trikala/GRC) Johanna Omollo (Cercle Bruges/BEL)

Forwards: Masoud Juma (unattached), Michael Olunga (Kashiya Reysol/CHN) John Avire (Sofapaka)

Updated: June 11, 2019 04:29 PM

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