The Kenya national team head coach Stanley Okumbi has explained that the eight newly called up players to the team are meant to step in as cover should a number of the other called up players fail to show up for the Sudan friendly match.
There will be eight premier league matches on Thursday 26 May, just a day to the friendly match and Okumbi knows a number of players may find it a challenge being in camp in time and thus issued call ups to the additional eight.
The team will also be taking on Tanzania in another friendly game on Sunday 29 May and for this one, the coach expects to have all called up players available since it will be a full international game.
“As you are aware, there are players who are scheduled to play league matches for their clubs this coming Thursday, and with the Harambee Stars playing Sudan on Friday, we feel that it is impossible to have them in the team for the clash and that’s why we have decided to beef up the squad.
“We are however certain that we will have all the players available for selection in our match against Tanzania on Sunday,” he said as quoted on a confirmatory communique from the Football Kenya Federation (FKF).
The eight called up players are; Ian Otieno (Posta Rangers), Edwin Mukolwe (AFC Leoapards), Peter Nzuki (Nakumatt) Tirus Omondi (KCB), Amos Kigandi (Vihiga), Nicholas Kipkirui (Zoo Kericho), Eston Esie (Western Stima) and Joseph Owiti (Chemilil).