|Stars Coach Michel|
By Fred Maingi
Kenya’s Harambee Stars French born coach Henry Michel has named a
strong squad of 28 players who will start a three day residential
The provisional squad will head to camp at the Nairobi’s Moi
International Sports Centre, Kasarani, on Monday for a three-day camp.
The top five clubs in the Kenya Premier League(KPL) have dominated
the squad. They include Tusker, AFC Leopards, Gor Mahia, Sofapaka,
Thika United and Ulinzi Stars who boast of the majority of the
Sony Sugar’s Enock Agwanda is the only player outside the top six
clubs to have been drafted in the squad.
AFC Leopards’ lead strikers Allan Wanga and Mike Baraza make a
comeback to the national team same as Sofapaka’s Bob Mugalia.
Moses Odhiambo, Solomon Nasio and Chris Wekesa all from Gor Mahia have
also earned themselves the coveted call up.
After producing some impressive performances, Gor’s Moses Odhiambo and
defender Donald Mosoti have earned a call up to Henri Michel’s first
squad since he took over as coach of the national soccer team Harambee
Stars last month..
Gor and Sofapaka dominate the list of 28 players released on Thursday
by the Football Kenya Federation.
The 34-year-old Odhiambo who has been capped three times before has
been impressive for Gor with his indefatigable performances while
Mosoti who started off shaky at the heart of K’Ogalo defence has grown
Ulinzi’s Wycliffe Ochomo, who scored in his side’s 1-0 win over
Sofapaka last weekend, has also earned his first ever call up same as
Thika United’s John Nairuka.
Michel has been attending league matches alongside his assistants and
his squad is majorly made up of players he has watched in action.
Harambee Stars squad-Goalkeepers:
1. Boniface Oluoch (Tusker),2. Jacktone Odhiambo (Ulinzi Stars),3.
Frederick Onyango (Gor Mahia),4. Duncan Ochieng (Sofapaka)
Defenders:-5. Christopher Wekesa (Gor Mahia),6. Edwin Wafula (AFC Leopards)
7. Solomon Nasio (Gor Mahia),8. Geoffrey Kokoyo (Ulinzi Stars),9.
Eugene Asike (Sofapaka)
10. James Mulinghe (Ulinzi Stars),11. George Owino (Sofapaka),12.
Donald Mosoti (Gor Mahia)
13. James Situma (Sofapaka)
Midfielders:-14. Osborne Monday (Sofapaka),15. Anthony “Teddy” Akumu(Gor Mahia)
16. Peter Opiyo (Tusker),17. Humphrey Mieno (Sofapaka),18. Francis
Kahata (Thika United)
19. John Nairuka (Thika United),20. Bob Mugalia (Sofapaka)
Forwards:-21. Moses Odhiambo (Gor Mahia),22. Mike Barasa (AFC Leopards)
23. Charles Okwemba (AFC Leopard),24. Allan Wanga (AFC Leopards)
25. Wycliffe Ochomo (Ulinzi Stars),26. Enock Agwanda (Sony Sugar)
27. Ramadhan Salim (Gor M