Its a full house at Harambee Stars Camp

Oct 06, 2010
  • courtesy cafonline

All the four foreign-based professionals in the Harambe Stars squad have arrived and the stage is now set for Saturday's epic clash with the pumped up Uganda Cranes.

The final pieces of the jigsaw puzzle have been joined with the arrival of the Wanyama siblings MacDonald Mariga(Inter Milan) and Victor Mugabe(Beerschot -Belgium), and new call up Johanna Omollo (FC Fola Esch - Luxemborg). The trio arrived on Monday to join Oliech who jetted in on Sunday.

The Kenyan players, led by team captain Oliech seems to have picked up the gauntlet from their tough talking opponents with an assurance to fans that come Saturday, the Ugandan larger than life bubble will burst with a big bang. 

"The Ugandans can rave and rant all they want but we will surely beat them on Saturday," said Oliech during a press briefing at the team's training camp in Kasarani on Tuesday.

"They (Ugandans) keep bragging of 15 professionals yet some of them play in non-football countries like Vietnam. We are only five professionals but we all play in top European leagues," he added.

In the build up to the match, the Ugandans led by head coach Bobby Williamson have been on record for their overly abrasive approach to the eagerly awaited match with repeated statements of their intentions to break the backs of their Kenyan rivals. 

But the mood at the Kenyan training camp was that of calm aggression with head coach saying that with the arrival of the professionals his squad was now fully focused on Saturday's match.

"We will take the match like any other match we've played before," said Mulee.

"Apart from Anthony Kimani who has been dropped due to a ligament injury all the other players are fit to play.”

Mulee ruled any build-up matches between his side and Ivory Coast or Mozambique as reported.

Mulee also revealed that Victor Mugabe had taken a small knock on the knee though he termed it as being not so serious.

Oliech said his recent elevation to captaincy was a big challenge. However, he expressed confidence that with his wealth of experience in the professional ranks, he was up to the task.

Asked about his chances of scoring on Saturday, Oliech quipped: "Its not a must for me to score, I would be equally happy to create goal scoring chances for my team mates.”

Provisional Squad:

Goalkeepers: Wilson Obungu (Sofapaka), Martin Musalia (Mathare United), Wycliff Kasanya (Red Berets)

Defenders: Haevenar Maloba (Mathare United), Julius Owino (Gor Mahia), George Owino (Sofapaka), Christopher Wekesa (Gor Mahia), Geoffrey Kokoyo (Ulinzi Stars),Edgar Ochieng (Sofapaka), David Otieno (Sony Sugar)

Midfielders: Kevin Omondi (Gor Mahia), Crispin Olando (Tusker FC), Osborne Monday (Sofapaka), Chester Okoyo (Ulinzi Stars), Stephen Ocholla (Ulinzi Stars) James Situma (Sofapaka), MacDonald Mariga (Inter Milan - Italy), Patrick Osiako(Mjalby - Sweden), Johanna Omollo (FC Fola Esch - Luxemborg), James Orundu (AFC Leopards)

Strikers: Dennis Oliech (AJ Auxerre - France), Victor Mugabe (Beerschot - Belgium), Allan Wanga (Sofapaka), John Baraza (Sofapaka) and George’Blackberry 'Odhiambo (Gor Mahia) 

Officials:

Jacob Ghost Mulee       - Coach

Edward Odour    - Team Manager

John Ndaba              - Team Physiotherapist

Wyclif Makanga  - Team Doctor

Zedekiah 'Zico' Otieno- Assistant coach

Salim Ali               - Assistant coach

Sunil Shah              - Goalkeeper Trainer

 

Steve Omondi

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