Edgar Ochieng’ left out of stars squad

Nov 20, 2010

Sofapaka defender  Edgar "Fighter" Ochieng and Mathare United defender Lloyd Wahome were the shock exclusions when Harambee Stars coach Jacob "Ghost" Mulee announced his final that leaves on Saturday for the Tusker-sponsored
Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup in Tanzania.

Four other players were also axed form the traveling party, but Fighter's
exclusion was the major surprise with unconfirmed reports blaming his recent slow pace.

But even in Fighter absence, disposed champions Sofapaka still accounted for the bulk of the team with eight players in the final squad of 18. Champions-elect
Ulinzi Stars only have 3 players same number as runners-up Gor Mahia.

Among  the surprise inclusion in the team is Sony Sugar midfielder Joshua Oyoo,
Haevenar Maloba(Mathare United), Tusker custodian Bonface Oluoch and Gor Mahia's Abdul Malik Mohamed. Tanzania based Ibrahim Shikanda remains the only foreign based player in the team.

Other players who have been dropped include Victor Ali (Tusker), Jerim Onyango
(Gor Mahia), Brian Masiolo (Western Stima) and Simon Mburu of Mathare United.

Team manager Edward Odour confirmed the teams friendly against hosts Kilimanjaro Stars on sunday in Dar es Salaam. The team will thereafter pitch camp in Tanzania
in preparation for the regional tourney that kick off  on November 27.

Meanwhile, the team got a  major boost on Friday after Nairobi Water Company donated Shs.500,000 to go towards the teams
preparations for the tournament.
Full squad:
Goalkeepers: Wilson Oburu (Sofapaka) and Bonface Oluoch (Tusker).
Defenders: Ibrahim Shikanda, (Sofapaka), George Owino (Sofapaka), James Mulinge
(Ulinzi Stars), Godfrey Kokoyo (Ulinzi Stars), Haevenar Maloba (Mathare
United),Chris Litswa (Tusker).
Midfielders: Osborne Monday (Sofapaka), James Situma (Sofapaka), Anthony Kimani
(Sofapaka), Stephen Ocholla (Ulinzi Stars), Abdulmalik Mohamed (Gor Mahia),
Kevin Omondi (Gor Mahia).
Strikers: John Barasa (Sofapaka), Bob Mugalia (Sofapaka)  and George Odhiambo
(Gor Mahia)


Steven Omondi

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