Johanna Omolo Ecstatic Over First Kenya Call-Up

The little known 22-year-old midfielder was a surprise inclusion for the squad that will face Uganda.

Johanna Ochieng Omolo has promised to prove to his doubters wrong after his surprise inclusion in the Kenya squad to face Uganda.

The 22-year-old has been in obscurity while his peers like Jerry Santos, Edwin Mwaura and Innocent Mutiso have already made a name for themselves in the Kenya U-20 team that faces Lesotho tomorrow.

Omollo won the fourth edition of the Safaricom Extreme Super 8 in 2006 with Dandora Youth, a side then captained by Jerry Santos. The team also had Mathare United’s Mutiso and Edwin Mwaura of Posta Rangers. The three are all in the Kenya U-20 squad.

"Finally, I believe my time has come. Though it was a surprise, I will take it with both hands," the defensive midfielder told the Standard.

Unlike his former team-mates, Omolo took the European route via JMJ Academy based in Nairobi. He landed in CS Vise of Belgium in 2008 before crossing over to Luxembourg in 2009.

Dandora Youth chairman Jacob ‘Beckenbauer’ Owiyo, heaped lots of praise on his former player.

"He is among a group of talented youngsters who have changed the perspective of young people in Dandora estate. He has brought hope to the children in Dandora and hopefully he will be the midfield rock Harambee Stars need," Owiyo said.

"He is, like Santos and others, testimony of what good management can do to change lives," Dandora Youth secretary Godfrey Abuko added.

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