Kenya Sports news:
NAIROBI, Kenya, May 31 – Defender Joseph ‘Crouch’ Okumu who plies his trade inside the South African top tier with Free State Stars has earned a recall to the national football team Harambee Stars as First Coach Stanley Okumbi named a 13-man squad of foreign based players for the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier away to Sierra Leone June 10.
The former Chemelil Sugar center-back’s last appearance for the national team was in November last year during the friendly match against Sudan nevertheless has endured a tough patch since, especially after picking up an injury.
The 20-year old managed to wrestle back for a place in his club’s starting team, managing to get playing time in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Chippa United, the last match of the South African top tier.
The rest of the foreign based players are the usual suspects, led by skipper Victor Wanyama who turns out for English top tier side Tottenham Hotspur.
Left-back Erick ‘Marcelo’ Ouma as well as also midfielder Eric Johanna both who missed the last friendly match against DR Congo in Machakos form part of the team which also has Bulgaria based Aboud Omar as well as also USA based defender David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng.
Among the missing faces include winger Clifton Miheso as well as also striker John Mark Makwatta who are playing inside the Zambian league with newly promoted side Buildcon. Miheso got his first goal for the club This kind of weekend, scoring the winner in a 2-1 result over Green Eagles.
Meanwhile, the local based players kicked off camp on Monday morning with the foreign based stars supposed to start arriving on Saturday as most of the European League are over.
The team will today put up residential camp at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos, nevertheless chances of a friendly match before the trip to Sierra Leone are minimal especially after the late withdrawal of Angola.
Football Kenya Federation had projected for a friendly match with Rwanda inside the annual Genocide Memorial Cup in Kigali, nevertheless the same today seems far-fetched as the Amavubi, coached by former Harambee Stars boss Antoine Hey have settled on Morocco.
They will play the Atlas Lions in two friendly matches on June 2 as well as also 4, all at the Amahoro National Stadium.
Harambee Stars are taking on a project of qualifying for their first AFCON in 15 years, the last time they featured inside the continental showpiece being in 2004. Okumbi who has not lost a match over the last 10 national team games hopes the ride will continue heading into the Cup of Nations campaign.
Harambee Stars foreign based players
Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspur- England), Abud Omar (Slava Sofia- Bulgaria). Anthony Akumu, Jesse Were, David Owino (Zesco United, Zambia), Ayub Masika (Beijing Renhe China), David Ochieng (fresh York Cosmos USA), Erick Ouma (Kolkheti Poti Georgia), Erick Johanna (Vasalunds IF Sweden), Johanna Omollo (Royal Antwerp Belgium), Joseph Okumu (Free State Stars – South Africa), Michael Olunga (Guizhou Zhicheng China), Brian Mandela (Maritzburg South Africa).
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‘Crouch’ back as Okumbi names foreign legion for Sierra Leone