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Friday, 07 Apr 2017 17:06 EAT
Harambee Stars coach Stanley Okumbi Friday called up 25 local-based players ahead of the team’s international friendly match against Malawi at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos on April 18. The squad, restricted to players based in the country, will use the tie as a build up to the upcoming Africa Nations Championships (CHAN) set for January 11-February 2, 2018 in Kenya.
CHAN, an event running under the aegis of the African Football Federation (CAF), is restricted to players based at home and geared towards giving them a chance to showcase their talent. Among the players Okumbi called up for the Malawi match are Gor Mahia defender and captain Musa Mohammed, Posta Rangers goalkeeper Patrick Matasi and AFC leopards centre-forward Paul Kiongera.
Kiongera and Mohammed have donned the national colours before, turning out for Harambee Stars in past assignments. Kiongera also played for top Tanzanian league side, Simba Sports Club. The match against Malawi will be the third friendly Harambee Stars have played in Machakos, having drawn 1-1 with Uganda and beating DR Congo at the same venue last month.
The match comes at a time when Harambee Stars are flying high, rising ten places in the latest Fifa Rankings, released on Thursday. Kenya has moved to position 78, from 88 in March.The rise is attributed to the recent friendlies
The provisional team:
Boniface Oluoch (Gor Mahia) and Patrick Matasi (Posta Rangers).
Simon Mbugua (Posta Rangers), Jockins Atudo (Posta Rangers), Robinson Kamura (AFC Leopards), Musa Mohammed (Gor Mahia), Pascal Ogweno (Kariobangi Sharks), Harun Shakava (Gor Mahia), Bolton Omwenga (Kariobangi Sharks), Siraj Mohammed (Bandari) and Omar Mbongi (Ulinzi).
Duncan Otieno (AFC Leopards), Ernest Wendo (Gor Mahia), Joseph Kuria (Posta Rangers), Kenneth Muguna (Gor Mahia), Amos Asembeka (Sony Sugar), Chris Masinza (Vihiga United), Samuel Onyango (Ulinzi Stars) and Noah Wafula (Tusker).
Morven Otinya (Palos), Masita Masuta (Nzoia), Chrispinus Onyango (KCB), Darius Msagha (Bandari), Cavin Odongo (Kariobangi Sharks), Paul Kiongera (AFC Leopards.