June 17, 2019 / 4:58 AM / 4 months ago

Factbox: Profile on Kenya team for 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

(Reuters) - Africa Cup of Nations record:

Previous appearances in finals: (5) 1972, 1988, 1990, 1992, 2004

Best performance: Group Phase

Drawn in Group C with Algeria, Senegal and Tanzania

Coach: Sebastien Migne

The 46-year-old came from France to work as an assistant to Claude le Roy with the Democratic Republic of Congo squad at the 2013 Cup of Nations finals.

Migne then got a chance to run the under-20 side before going out on his own across the Congo river to become national coach of the Congo Republic in 2017.

He was named Kenya coach last May.

Key player: Victor Wanyama. Age: 27. Midfielder

In a country with a bevy of Olympic gold medallists, Wanyama cuts a popular figure with his profile from the Premier League, which is keenly followed in Kenya.

He had an injury hampered season at Tottenham Hotspur and was an unused substitute for this year’s Champions League final against Liverpool.

Wanyama, who was previously at Celtic and Southampton, left Kenya as a teenager to play at Beerschot in Belgium.

FIFA world ranking June 2019: 105

How they qualified: Second placed team in Group F, behind Ghana but ahead of Ethiopia and Sierra Leone.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Patrick Matasi (St. George), John Oyemba (Kariobangi Sharks), Faruk Shikalo (Bandari FC)Defenders: Musa Mohammed (Nkana FC), Bernard Ochieng (Vihiga United) Joseph Okumu (Real Monarchs), Aboud Omar (Sepsi OSK), Joash Onyango, Philemon Otieno (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Eric Ouma (Vasalund), David Owino (Zesco United)

Midfielders: Ismail Gonzalez (Las Palmas), Eric Johanna (Brommapojkarna), Francis Kahata (Gor Mahia), Dennis Odhiambo (Sofapaka), Johanna Omollo (Cercle Bruges), Ayub Timbe (Beijing Renhe), Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspur), Paul Were (AFC Leopards)

Forwards: John Avire (Sofapaka), Masoud Juma (unattached), Ovella Ochieng (Vasalund), Michael Olunga (Kashiwa Reysol).

Compiled by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Nick Mulvenney

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