Harambee stars names squad as Erick Ouma is dropped

 By Fred Maingi
Former Gor Mahia overlapping defender Erick Marcelo Ouma who plies his
trade with Georgia based Kolkheti Poti  FC has been dropped from
Harambee stars squad that will play three crucial friendly against
Mozambique,Togo and Mauritania.His position has been taken by Abud Omar who plays in Slavia Sofia;
Bulgaria.Head coach Stanley Okumbi did not explain the reason behind
Marcelo’s omission from the squad.

Other new call ups in the team is Galway United forward Jonah Ayunga
who has been handed a second call up .He was earlier called up ahead
of friendly matches against Uganda and DR Congo in 2016.

Surprisingly, Ayunga did not feature as he lacked the requisite
clearances to feature for Kenya in an international game but he makes
a comeback among the 15 called up for these coming matches.

Nevertheless,Okumbi is set to miss the services of Ulinzi Stars
striker Stephen Waruru and four of his colleagues for the upcoming
international friendly matches against Mozambique.

Waruru, Samwel Onyango, Mohamed Hassan and Omar Mbongi are expected to join their fellow soldiers in the East Africa Military Games in
Burundi starting from August 24, to September 6. Thus colliding with
the international break that Stars will have its friendlies against Togo and Mauritania in addition to Mozambique.

The Ulinzi quintet were called by Okumbi in his earlier summon with
the KPL lethal striker waruru, Onyango and Mbongi being called first
before Hassan making entry later with another eleven.

Ulinzi Stars through their CEO G.B. Wanjala requested the concerned
players be withdrawn from the national duty.

“We are sorry, we shall not release ouyr players since they have a
national duty in the military games which are meant to bring
cohesion,confidence building,co-operation and nurturing new talents
among East Africa Defence Forces “ Observed Wanjala.

Okumbi responded by picking another ten more players to provide more
options for the team in the full in-tray international friendly break.

‘In light of their (Ulinzi Stars) request and the two additional
matches, (against Mauritania and Togo), we decided to call up 10 more
players to replace the Ulinzi quintet and provide more options for us,
noted Okumbi.

Skipper Victor Wanyama who plies his trade in England leads the team
of pros called up while Arnold Origi makes a return to the team after
missing for over one year.

Two other returnees to the national team are Zambia based Clifton
Miheso and John Makwatta, both who feature for Zambian Super League
side Buildcon while Anthony Akumu, David Owino, Jesse Were also based
in Zambia are in the team.

Foreign based players

Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspur, England), Abud Omar (Slavia Sofia,
Bulgaria), Arnold Origi (Lillestrom, Norway), Anthony Akumu, David
Owino, Jesse Were (Zesco United, Zambia), David Ochieng (NY Cosmos,
USA), Johanna Omollo (Cercle Brugge, Belgium), Michael Olunga (Guizhou
Zhicheng, China), Clifton Miheso, John Makwatta (Buildcon, Zambia),
Erick Johanna (Vasalunds FC, Sweden), Jonah Ayunga (Galway United,
Ireland), Brian Mandela (Maritzburg United, South Africa), Ayub Timbe
(Beijing Renhe, China).

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