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Australian,Spain Based Stars Handed Call Ahead of Kenya Friendlies


Ismail GonzalezKenya has invited Spain based Ismail Gonzalez and made overtures to Bruce Kamau in Australia, ahead of Harambee Stars friendlies set for late this month.

Gonzalez, born of a Spanish mother and a Kenyan father has already agreed to the invitation and is expected to link up with the rest of the Harambee Stars squad, when the team assembles for camp.

Kamau, however remains undecided as the Australian Socceroos has shown some interest in him and is said to be weighing his option before making a decision.

“I think it is important that we have a look at all players available, including the two,” said Harambee Stars Head Coach Stanley Okumbi.

“The talk with Gonzalez has been very positive, while Kamau is yet make a decision as there are interest for his services elsewhere.

“But we are optimistic that we will have both of them available for selection in the upcoming friendlies,” concluded the Harambee Stars tactician.

Kenya is scheduled to play two friendly matches at theKasarani Stadium, in preparation for the team’s Afcon qualifier match against Congo, at home, on June 5, 2016.

In the first encounter, set for May 27, 2016, Kenya will field a squad of emerging stars to take on Sudan, before facing Tanzania on May 29, 2016 in a full international friendly.

 About Bruce Kamau

Born in Kenya on March 28, 1995, Bruce Kamau moved to Australia when he was four years old and made his senior professional debut for Adelaide united in the 2014 FFA CUP.

In 2015 he made his A-league debut against Brisbane Roar and scored his first A-league goal for Adelaide in a 1-0 win away to Melbourne Victory in 2016.

At the end of the season, after winning the Premiership and Championship with Adelaide United, Kamau joined, Melbourne City, a club he still plays for till today

About Ismail Gonzalez

Ismail Said Athuman Gonzalez was born in the Canary Island, Spain on February 1, 1995 to a Spanish mother and a Kenyan father. He joined the CD Las Palmas academy at the age of five where he has developed into an admirable player. The 21-year-old defensive midfielder who is currently at Second Division (Segunda B) CP Cacereno, on loan from his parent club CD Las Palmas has also had unsuccessful trials at English Premier League giants Manchester City.