Okumbi names squad for Uganda, DRC friendlies

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Harambee Stars will play against Uganda and DRC this month in friendlies

Harambee Stars head coach Stanley Okumbi has called up 26 local based players to the camp ahead of friendly matches against Uganda and DR Congo.

Notable inclusion in the squad is the AFC Leopards youngster Vincent Oburu, Western Stima defender Maurice Ojwang', Sony Sugar midfielder Amos Asembeka and Kakamega Homeboyz striker Jeremiah Wanjala; players who have earned their first call-ups to the national team.

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The two friendly matches, which will be played on March 23 and 26 respectively in Nairobi (Nyayo Stadium), are in preparation for the upcoming Afcon 2019 qualifiers against Sierra Leone set for June 2017.

The players are required to report to team’s residential camp on Sunday, March 19 with a list of foreign based players set to be named in due course. “We have called up an initial squad of 26 local based players who will report for camp at the Kasarani Stadium on March 19, 2017.

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“A further list of foreign-based players called up for the same will be availed in due course as we don’t expect them to link up with the rest of the squad until the commencement of the Fifa friendlies window,” Okumbi told the federation’s official website. 

Goalkeepers: David Okello (Tusker), Boniface Oluoch (Gor Mahia), Patrick Matasi (Posta Rangers)

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Defenders: David Mwangi (Mathare United), Eugene Asike (Tusker), Jockins Atudo (Posta Rangers), Maurice Ojwang' (Western Stima), Musa Mohammed (Gor Mahia), Robinson Kamura (AFC Leopards), Sammy Meja (Thika United), Simon Mbugua (Posta Rangers).

Midfielders: Amos Asembeka (Sony Sugar), Benard Mang’oli (AFC Leopards), Erick  Johanna (Un-attached), Francis Kahata (Gor Mahia), Humphrey Mieno (Tusker FC), Joseph Kuria (Posta Rangers), Kenneth  Muguna (Gor Mahia), Noah Wafula (Tusker FC), Ochieng'  Ovella (Kariobangi Sharks), Osborne Monday (Kariobangi Sharks), Samuel Onyango (Ulinzi Stars), Whyvonne Isuza (AFC Leopards).

Strikers: Jeremiah Wanjala (Kakamega Homeboyz), Mark Makwatta (Ulinzi Stars) and Vincent Oburu.

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