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Okumbi Produces 26 man squad to face Uganda and Congo

Harambee Stars head coach Stanley Okumbi.photo/file
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Harambee Stars head coach Stanley Okumbi.photo/file

Harambee Stars head Coach Stanley Okumbi has called up 26 local based players ahead of the team’s international friendly matches against Uganda and DRC Congo.

The matches are scheduled to be played on March 23 and 26, 2017 at Nyayo national stadium respectively.They were initially arranged to be played at Moi Sports Center Kasarani but due to the renovations going on at the facility,Nyayo stadium became the immediate option.

“We have called up an initial squad of 26 local based players who will report for camp at the Kasarani Stadium on March 19, 2017,” said Okumbi.

The tactician named; David Okello (Tusker), Boniface Oluoch (Gor Mahia), and Patrick Matasi (Posta Rangers) as his first three goal keepers.

Defense line will be dealt with by David Mwangi (Mathare United), Eugene Asike (Tusker), Jockins Atudo (Posta Rangers), Maurice Ojwang (Western Stima), Musa Mohammed (Gor Mahia), Robinson Kamura (AFC Leopards), Sammy Meja (Thika United), Simon Mbugua (Posta Rangers).

Midfield responsibilities will be taken care of by; Amos Asembeka (Sony Sugar), Benard Mang’oli (AFC Leopards), Erick  Johanna (Un-attached), Francis Kahata (Gor Mahia), Humphrey Mieno (Tusker FC), Joseph Kuria (Posta Rangers), Kenneth  Muguna (Gor Mahia), Noah Wafula (Tusker FC), Ochieng  Ovella (Kariobangi Sharks), Osborne Monday (Kariobangi Sharks), Samuel Onyango (Ulinzi Stars), Whyvonne Isuza (AFC Leopards).

The striking front consists of Jeremiah Wanjala (Kakamega Homeboyz), Mark Makwatta (Ulinzi Stars) and Vincent Oburu (AFC Leopards).

The two friendlies are lined up in preparations for the upcoming 2019 AFCON qualifiers against Sierra Leone set for June 2017.

However, Okumbi further added that the second list of foreign players will be released in a short while. The players will be required to link up with their local compatriots for the friendlies.

“A further list of foreign-based players called up for the same will be availed in due course as we don’t expect them to link up with the rest of the squad until the commencement of the FIFA friendlies window,”  he explained.

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