Pros called up

Haram­bee Stars call up 12 pro play­ers for Mozam­bique and Liberia friendly ties

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports - FRAN­CIS WADEGU @fwadegu198

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, ”



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