The Kenya national team Harambee Stars head coach Stanley Okumbi has released the provisional squad for the international friendly match against the Democratic Republic of Congo scheduled for October 4 in Kinshasa.
In the team the coach has sprung a few surprises with call ups to Posta Rangers youngster Calvin Odongo as well as defender Bernard Ochieng, who plays for second tier side, Vihiga United.
The team of 39 will have locally based players (26) head to camp on 19 September while their foreign based mates will be joining them on 2 October.
Among the foreign based players called up, the coach has sprung a few surprises as well with call ups to Johanna Omollo and Rama Salim. The two will be making it to the coach’s team for the first time ever as they make returns to the side.
Paul Were will also be returning to the team after missing the Zambia game but there will be no call ups for England based duo of Jonah Ayunga and Joshua Lelan while the coach has yet again not called up South Africa based Cliffton Miheso and Joseph Okumu.
Goalkeepers: Boniface Oluoch (Gor Mahia), James Saruni (Ulinzi Stars), David Okello (Tusker)
Defenders: David Owino (Zesco United), David Ochieng’ (New York Cosmos), Brian Mandela (Maritzburg United), Aboud Omar (Slavia Sofia), Eric Ouma, Harun Shakava, Musa Mohammed (Gor Mahia), Collins Omondi, Jockins Atudo (Posta Rangers), Charles Momanyi (Kakamega Homeboyz), Bernard Ochieng’ (Vihiga United), Robinson Kamura (Mathare United)
Midfielders: Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspurs), Johanna Omollo (Royal Antwerp), Anthony Akumu (Zesco United), Ayub Timbe (Lierse), Paul Were (Archanaikos), Rama Salim (Topolcany), Ismail Gonzalez (Las Palmas), Baron Oketch, Amos Nondi, Francis Kahata (Gor Mahia), Michael Mutinda (Thika United), Frederick Onyango (Sony Sugar), Victor Majid (Chemelil Sugar),Kenneth Muguna, Kennedy Otieno(Western Stima), Danson Kago (Tusker FC), Eric Johanna (Mathare United), Bernard Mang’oli (AFC Leopards)
Strikers: Michael Olunga (IF Djurgardens), Jesse Were (Zesco United), Masoud Juma (Sony Sugar), Mark Makwatta (Ulinzi Stars), Jack Bruno (AFC Leopards), Cavin Odongo (Posta Rangers)