Kenya national under-23 football team head coach Satanley Okumbi has named his provisional squad ahead of the forthcoming 2021 CECAFA Senior Championship scheduled for July 3-18 in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia.
The former Harambee Stars and Kariobangi Sharks tactician went for experience in his selection with notable faces playing in the country’s top flight league receiving the call up.
Custodian Brian Bwire of Kariobangi Sharks and Caleb Otieno of Gor Mahia will bear the responsibilities of manning the goal line of Emerging Stars
Okumbi drafted in Kakamega Homeboyz promising defender Sylvester Owino and Moses Mudavadi of Nzoia Sugar to man his defense line.
Peter Thiong’o of AFC Leopards and Tusker’s Faraj Ominde will add flavour in the midfield of the national junior football team in the fast-approaching contests.
Gor Mahia’s forward Benson Omalla, who had a short stint with Swedish side Linkopin earlier in the year and Bungoma Superstars prodigy Ken Wanyonyi will be leading the attacking front of Okumbi’s young side.
Brian Bwire (Kariobangi Sharks), Caleb Otieno (Gor Mahia), Dolph Junior Owino (Nairobi Stima)
Jimmy Ndungi (Tusker), Portipher Odhiambo (Vihiga Bullets), Silvester Owino (Kakamega Homeboyz), Moses Mudavadi (Nzoia), Collins Shichenje (AFC Leopards), Boniface Mwangemi (Kariobangi Sharks), Yussuf Mainge (AFC Leopards), Fredrick Alushula (Kariobangi Sharks), Brian Wepo (KCB)
Joshua Nyatini (Posta Rangers), Marvin Nabwire (AFC Leopards), Sven Yidah (Nairobi City Stars), Vincent Wasambo (KCB), Faraj Ominde (Tusker), Reagan Otieno (KCB), Oliver Maloba (Nairobi City Stars), Peter Thiong’o (AFC Leopards), Francis Mwangi (Mwatate United), Ambrose Sifuna (Sofapaka), Josephat Lopaga (Posta Rangers), Steiner Musasia (Posta Rangers), John Njuguna (Ulinzi Stars), Dennis Musamali (Nzoia Sugar), Elisha Wekesa (Nzoia Sugar)
Benson Omalla (Gor Mahia), Henry Meja (Tusker), Sydney Lokale (Kariobangi Sharks), Ken Wanyonyi (Bungoma Superstars), Alfred Tanui (Kisumu All-Stars)
The team will report for residential camp in preparation for the championship on Sunday afternoon.