Origi,Wanyama lead foreign legion in Michel’s list

Oct 02, 2012
  • Celtic's Victor Wanyama is among nine players called up for Harambee Stars friendly with Bafana Bafana.(Photo:SNA:File)

Harambee Stars head coach Henri Michel has called up nine foreign based players to the squad that will take on South Africa in a friendly on October 16 in Nairobi.

Michel has kept faith with Kenya’s number one goalkeeper, Arnold Origi who plays for Norwegian second division side Ullensaker/Kisa , for the Bafana Bafana at the Nyayo national stadium. Origi was outstanding in Kenya’s last match against Namibia last June.

The coach's surprise inclusion however is that of Inter Milan midfielder, Mariga who just resumed light training with his side last week after a long injury layoff.

Origi will fight for his position against Boniface Oluoch of Tusker who was voted man of the match during his assignment for Stars against Malawi in Kasarani last June.

Jacktone Odhiambo (Ulinzi), Fredrick Onyango(Gor Mahia), Duncan Ochieng of Sofapaka are the goalkeepers looking to impress Michel between the posts.

Other players who got the nod from the Star's coach to join the 29 local based players who were called last week is Kenya’s fast rising midfielder Victor Wanyama who plays for Scottish side Celtic, Auxerre winger Denis Oliech and Patrick Oboya who last featured for Slovakian MFK Ruzomberok .

Attacking midfielder Christian Bwamy, another second division Norwegian player has been recalled probably to boost the Stars blunt attack alongside Ayub Timbe a forward for Racing Genk in Belgium.

Teenager Brian Mandela South African experience should come in handy when Harambee stars host the Bafanas. Also in the team is Albanian based Jerry Santos.

The players are expected to link up with the national team next week ahead of the midweek clash.

Foreign based players : Arnold Origi(Ull/Kisa,Norway) Victor Mugabe(Celtic, Scotland) Dennis Oliech(Auxerre,France) Macdonald Mariga(Inter Milan, Italy) Patrick Oboya (unattached) Jerry Santos(KF Tirana, Albania) Brian Mandela(Santos ,South Africa) Christian Bwamy 9Fram Larvik,Norway) Ayub Timbe(Racing Genk, Belgium.

Local based players:Goalkeepers - Boniface Oluoch (Tusker), Jacktone Odhiambo (Ulinzi), Fredrick Onyango(Gor Mahia), Duncan Ochieng (Sofapaka):

Defenders - Edwin Wafula (AFC Leopards), Solomon Nasio, Donald Mosoti, Christopher Wekesa (Gor Mahia), Geoffrey Kokoyo, James Mulinge (Ulinzi Stars), Eugene Asike, James Situma, George Owino,(Sofapaka):

Midfielders - Charles Okwemba (AFC Leopards), Humphrey Mieno, Osborne Monday (Sofapaka), Anthony Okumu (Gor Mahia), Peter Opiyo (Tusker), Francis Kahata, John Mairuka (Thika United):

Forwards - Salim Rama, Moses Odhiambo (Gor Mahia), Mike Baraza, Allan Wanga (AFC Leopards), Wycliffe Ochomo (Ulinzi Stars), Enock Agwanda (Sony Sugar), Moses Arita (Thika United ), Bob Mugalia (Sofapaka).


Elvince Joshua

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