The new Harambee Stars coach Stanley Okumbi has named a 36-man squad that will begin camp on Monday,March 14 ahead of AFCON qualifiers against Guinea Bissau.
Chemelil Sugar’s 17-year old defender Joseph Okumu has earned a slot in Okumbi’s 35-man squad. The lanky defender has been impressive in Chemelil’s opening three games of the season, leading a backline that has conceded only one goal in three matches. Okumu, who just finished his secondary education in 2015 has been praised by coach Francis Baraza for his maturity despite a young age.
Also earning first call ups to the team are Mathare United midfielder Roy Syamba who has been the heart and soul of Mathare’s blistering start to the season, AFC Leopards’ keeper Lucas Indeche and his team mate Simon Abuko. Indeche, since joining Leopards has greatly improved and in the second half of last season was Ingwe’s best player.
Kariobangi Sharks youngster Ovella Ochieng has also had his first ever call to the national team. The striker who has also just recently completed his high school education has been impressive for Sharks. His team mate Patillah Omotto also earns a re-call. Zoo Kericho’s Nicholas Kipkurui is also among the call ups.
Sony Sugar defender Eugene Ochieng is also among the new faces while Timothy Otieno of Posta Rangers also earns a recall after a long time.
Former Sweden based striker Aziz Okaka, now with Sportpesa Premier League side Ushuru FC has also earned a maiden call up to the team.
Gor Mahia has the lion’s share of the team with five players; Harun Shakava, Musa Mohammed, Boniface Oluoch, Collins Okoth and Francis Kahata. James Situma who has been rock solid in the Tusker FC defence has also earned a recall to the team.
AUTHOR: COLLETA JUMA