Stars will play Lesotho in the Group L match on November 18 at the Setsoto Stadium in Maseru. The Nigerian tactician has recalled Kichuya after keeping him at bay in the last three qualifying games.
However, the coach has continued to leave Ibrahim Ajib of Yanga out of his squad despite his latest superb performance in Tanzania Premier League matches.
Kichuya will likely replace Stars captain Mbwana Samatta who will skip the Lesotho game as he holds three yellow cards. Amunike has also included midfielder Salum Abubakar ‘Sure Boy’ of Azam FC to replace his teammate Frank Domayo who is nursing an injury.
The team feature most of the first team lineup that beat Cape Verde 2-0 in the return leg match played in Dar es Salaam on October 16. Cape Verde had defeated Stars 3-0 in the first leg in Praia on October 12. The Taifa Stars squad is composed of: Goalkeepers:
Aishi Manula (Simba), Aaron Kalambo (Tanzania Prisons,) Beno Kakolanya (Yanga) and Benedicto Tinocco (Mtibwa Sugar). Defenders: Hassan Kessy (Nkana FC of Zambia), Abdi Banda (Baroka FC, South Africa), Shomari Kapombe, Erasto Nyoni (Simba), Ally ‘Sonso’ Abdulkarim (Lipuli FC), Kelvin Yondani, Gadiel Michael (Yanga), Aggrey Morris, Abdallah Kheri (Azam FC).
Midfielders: Himid Mao (Petrojet, Egypt), Simon Msuva (Difaa Hassan El-Jadidi, Morocco), Salum Abubakar ‘Sure Boy’, Mudathir Yahya (Azam FC), Salum Kimenya (Tanzania Prisons), Feisal Salum (Yanga), Jonas Mkude, Shiza Kichuya (Simba).
Strikers: Mbwana Samatta (KRC Genk, Belgium), Thomas Ulimwengu (Al Hilal, Sudan,) Shaaban Iddi Chilunda ( CD Tenerife, Spain), Rashid Mandawa (BDF XI, Botswana), John Bocco (Simba SC) and Yahya Zayed (Azam FC).