NAIROBI, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- China's Beijing Renhe has vetoed striker Ayub Timbe from traveling to Kenya to play for the national team Harambee Stars in their friendly game against Mozambique on Oct.13 in Nairobi.
It will be one of the two friendly matches that Kenya has lined up with Libya being the other clash before Kenya's national team, Harambee Stars, heads to Cairo for the start of their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers campaign.
Kenya is pooled alongside Egypt, Togo, and Comoros in the qualifiers of which the top two teams will make the finals, which will be held in 2021 in Cameroon.
"Influential forward Ayub Timbe, who plays for Beijing Renhe in the China Super League, will be missing in action when we play Mozambique in an international friendly match on October 13. His club Beijing Renhe (China), requested for his omission from the team as they will be having an important league assignment," Francis Kimanzi, Harambee Stars head coach said on Monday in Nairobi.
Earlier in September, Kenya was forced to a 1-1 draw in Nairobi against the Uganda Cranes in their first match after the resignation of French coach Sebastian Migne following a poor show at the 2019 AFCON in Egypt. KImanzi has since taken over and pledged to guide the team to AFCON 2021 and have a great performance in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Kimanzi has also named the final squad for the upcoming international friendly match against Mozambique. The coach has handed a recall to Zambia based goalkeeper Ian Otieno, with his Ulinzi Stars counterpart Timothy Odhiambo also getting the nod.
Masud Juma, Harun Shakava and Yusuf Mainge have also been recalled to the 23-man squad.
The team will camp in Nairobi on Oct. 7, ahead of the friendly scheduled for October 13.
A total of 48 nations, including hosts Cameroon, have been split into 12 groups each consisting of four teams, with two teams from each group progressing to the finals.
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Nick Mwendwa believes the country has the players, structure, and the determination to qualify for their second continental football tournament in as many attempts.