The Harambee Stars travel to Bissau for the Group E Day Three clash on Wednesday, 23 March 2016, before hosting the reverse four days later in Nairobi.
Ovella Ochieng who turns out for Kariobangi Sharks, has received his first ever call-up to the senior side, coming just a few months after leaving High School. His teammate and captain at Sharks, Patillah Omotto returns to the national team after a three-year hiatus. His last stint was in 2012 at the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup, where the Harambee Stars finished runner-up to hosts Uganda.
Striker Nicholas Kipkurui from Zoo Kericho completes the second tier trio.
AFC Leopards goalie Lucas Indeche, who has been inspirational for his side since joining in June 2015, has also been rewarded with a place in the squad.
Lanky Chemelil Sugar defender, Joseph Okumu, also a recent High School graduate gets a debut call-up just as Sony Sugar’s Eugene Ochieng, Simon Abuko from Leopards and Aziz Okaka from Ushuru FC.
“We have made a very good blend of young upcoming players and experienced ones. We are looking further than the two matches against Guinea Bissau matches and overall, our campaign in the qualifiers. We know it is a tough test ahead of us against Guinea Bissau but we shall have good preparations to be able to pick all points,” Okumbi, who was appointed a fortnight ago, told CAFOnline.
The team sets to camp on March 14 while the foreign-based players are expected to join the rest of the team five days to the fixture.
Goalkeepers: Arnold Origi (Lillestrom, Norway), Boniface Oluoch (Gor Mahia), Lucas Indeche (AFC Leopards), Ian Otieno (Posta Rangers)
Defenders: Harun Shakava, Musa Mohammed (Gor Mahia), Brian Birgen, Omar Mbongi (Ulinzi Stars), Shariff Mohammed (Bandari), David Owino (Zesco United, Zambia), James Situma (Tusker FC), Eugene Ochieng (Sony Sugar), Joseph Okumu (Chemelil Sugar), Brian Mandela (Maritzburg United)
Midfielders: Victor Wanyama (Southampton, England), Johannah Omollo (Antwerp, Belgium), Collins Okoth, Francis Kahata (Gor Mahia), Patillah Omotto (Kariobangi Sharks), Johannah Erick, Roy Syamba (Mathare United), Clifton Miheso, Simon Abuko (AFC Leopards), Anthony Kimani, Shaban Kenga, David Kingatua (Bandari FC), Ayub Timbe (Lierse, Belgium), Anthony Akumu (Zesco United, Zambia), Paul Were (FC Kalloni)
Forwards: Michael Olunga (IF Djugardens, Sweden), Aziz Okaka (Ushuru FC), Timothy Otieno (Posta Rangers), Jesse Were (Zesco United, Zambia), Ovella Ochieng (Kariobangi Sharks), Nicholas Kipkurui (Zoo Kericho)