Pros called up
Harambee Stars call up 12 pro players for Mozambique and Liberia friendly ties
Harambee Stars will look to carry their recent momentum as another international week beckons with two friendlies on the cards.
In light of the upcoming Harambee Stars friendlies against Mozambique and Liberia scheduled for November 12 and 15 respectively, coach Stanley Okumbi has called up 12 foreign-based players to link up with the team ahead of the two international fixtures though Rama Salim has opted out of the side to deal with club matters.
“Rama Salim who had initially been called up has asked to be omitted from the squad to allow him sought out essential pending administrative issues with his club MFK Topvar Topolcany of Slovakia,” read a statement from the federation
“The players are expected to link up with the locally-based players at the team’s residential training camp at the Kasarani Stadium, beginning November 8 (today),” added the statement by FKF media chief Barrack Otieno.
After missing the previous friendly against DR Congo, skipper Victor Wanyama is expected to return to the squad but winger Ayub Timbe is once again missing due to injury.
In form striker Michael Olunga, fresh from scoring another brace for his Swedish outfit Djurgadens, is also in the squad as is the Zesco trio of David Owino, Jesse Were and Teddy Akumu.
The two friendlies will provide another opportunity for Were to break his scoring duck for the national team as he has struggled to cope at the international stage despite his prowess in front of goal for his club Zesco at the domestic and continental front. His goals spurred the Zambian champions to an unlikely semi-final run of the CAF Champions League, which was eventually won by South African side, Mamelodi Sundowns.
Others include Aboud Omar of Slavia Sofia in Bulgaria, David Ochieng Cheche (New York Cosmos), South Africa-based duo of Brian Mandela (Maritzburg) and Clifton Miheso (Golden Arrows) as well as Ismael Gonzales of high-flying Spanish side LS Palmas are also in the team.
Archanaikos winger Paul Were is also named in the 12-man foreign contingent.
“The players are expected to link up with the locally based players at the team’s residential training camp at the Kasarani Stadium, ”
– FKF STATEMENT
Stars Captain Victor Wanyama duels Congolese counterpart Prince Oniangue.