Gor in Okumbi’s plans for Angola despite snub

Harambee Stars First Coach Stanley Okumbi has named 26 local-based players ahead  of the national team’s International friendly match against Angola on June 4 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. Okumbi drafted five Gor Mahia players to the squad, including Boniface Oluoch, Musa Mohammed, Harun Shakava, Kenneth Muguna and Ernest Wendo despite failing to honor their previous call ups against Malawi in March. At the time, the players had chosen club over international duty yet Okumbi had found no fault in the decision and later reiterated he would choose them over again. Posta Rangers, Kariobangi Sharks and Ulinzi Stars have four members each in the national team, with Ulinzi’s Stephen Waruru making a comeback after several years outside the team. Tusker’s Wilkison Tangauzi has been handed his maiden call up, while Wazito’s Joseph Waithera comes in as the only player from the National Super League (NSL).   Full squad: Goalkeepers Boniface Oluoch (Gor Mahia), James Saruni (Ulinzi Stars), Patrick Matasi (Posta Rangers) Defenders Bolton Omwenga (Kariobangi Sharks), Haron Shakava (Gor Mahia), Titus Achesa (Posta Rangers), Jockins Otieno Atudo (Posta Rangers), Mayeko Musa Mohammed (Gor Mahia), Pascal Ogweno (Kariobangi Sharks), Robinson Mwangi Kamura (AFC Leopards), Simon Mbugua (Posta Rangers), Wilkison Marlon Tangauzi (Tusker) Midfielders Ovella Ochieng (Kariobangi Sharks), Daniel Waweru (Ulinzi Stars), Duncan Otieno (AFC Leopards), Ernest Wendo (Gor Mahia), Jackson Macharia (Tusker), Kenneth Muguna (Gor Mahia), Samuel Onyango (Ulinzi Stars), Stephen Waruru (Ulinzi Stars), Victor Majid (Chemelil Sugar) Strikers Boniface Muchiri (Sony Sugar), Daniel Mwaura (Mathare United), Joseph Waithera (Wazito FC), Masita Masuta (Nzoia Sugar), Masoud Musa (Kariobangi Sharks) The team, is expected to report to camp on May 28 beginning 4pm EAT (+3GMT) in Machakos. The match will be in preparation for the CHAN January 2018 tournament, set to be held in Kenya early next year.

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