Barnsley’s Oduor, AFC Leopards’ Shichenje and seven new Harambee Stars faces

Baraka Badi of KCB and Vincent Oburu of AFC Leopards.
Goal Kenya.
The defenders are among the players who have been called up for the first time as the senior team is set to begin preparations for a Zambia friendly

  1. Clarke Oduor
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    Clarke Oduor

    The full-back has been named in the provisional squad and curious eyes will wait to see if he is going to be maintained in the final team.

    The 21-year old, who has enjoyed 16 appearances for Championship side Barnsley since he joined from Leeds United, will have to fight against seasoned stars like Philemon Otieno and Samuel Olwande in order to keep the position and face Zambia or Comoros in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

  2. Collins Shichenje
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    Collins Shichenje

    The youngster enjoyed a stable position at KPL giants AFC Leopards and his performances might have – rightfully though – convinced Kimanzi and his backroom staff to pick the former Green Commandos defender-come-midfielder.

    How the Kenya U20 would face and fare against Joash Onyango, Harun Shakava and Joseph Okumu will determine whether the Ingwe player will eventually command a position for the upcoming Kenya assignments.

  3. Andrew Juma
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    Andrew Juma

    Roma – he is popularly known – recently made a big move from Mathare United to Gor Mahia but it is his performances at the 2008 KPL champions in the recent seasons that are the reasons why he has been included.

    The Kenya U23 defender was signed by Gor Mahia to fill the void that was left by Onyango, whom he has to face at the national side and should he finally get a slot in the final squad at the expense of Onyango, then Gor Mahia will be convinced they did a good scouting job by signing him.

  4. Baraka Badi
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    Baraka Badi

    It was a matter of time before the KCB defender was picked for the national side having done a good job under Zedekiah Otieno – Kimanzi’s assistant – at KCB.

    Badi has featured for both the U20 and the U23 sides and his recent call-up suggest a career that is on an upward path. As he has proved his worth at club level and at the junior national sides, the ball is in his court now to fight for a regular Harambee Stars place.

  5. Benson Omalla
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    Benson Omalla

    Omalla played for the U20 side in the Cecafa Challenge Cup in Uganda and scored on two occasions and his graduation into the senior side might have just fully started. The youngster, who completed a move to Gor Mahia recently, also had a good time with Western Stima.

    The December SJAK Player of the Month became the first Western Stima player to hit a hat-trick in a KPL match, a record he wrote against Zoo FC at Kisumu’s Moi Stadium in December, where they won 4-1.

  6. Brian Musa
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    Brian Musa

    The Wazito FC midfielder did enjoy personal brilliant moments at the KPL club which had failed to stabilise despite big signings.

    Musa was a regular member for the Nairobi club in the league matches and was a trusted midfield soldier for coach Stewart Hall, who came and helped the side dodge what had been seen as an imminent drop.

  7. Michael Mutinda
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    Michael Mutinda

    Just like his club teammate Badi, the former Thika United midfielder was the reason why KCB enjoyed a stable campaign under the then-new coach Otieno.

    Although the U20 midfielder has been named in the reserve team, the fact he has earned a call-up suggests his performances were noted regardless.