NAIROBI, October 7 – It was almost full house at the national football team’s training camp in Kasarani on Tuesday following the arrival of six foreign based players.
Auxerre striker Dennis Oliech, Parma’s MacDonald Mariga, FC Siad Most striker Patrick Oboya, Yanga’s George Owino and the Swedish based duo of Jamal Mohammed and skipper Robert Mambo all linked up with the squad and took part in training.
Stars head coach Francis Kimanzi confirmed that all the foreign based players had arrived in the training camp apart from Angola based striker Allan Wanga who is still absent.
“Everybody is around apart from Petro Atletico’s Allan Wanga but we expect him in camp by Wednesday latest because he was booked on a flight that arrives today (Tuesday),” Kimanzi stated.
The youthful tactician expressed optimism that the team will put up a good performance and get a result against Guinea in the final World Cup/Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Conakry on Sunday.
“We are hoping for the best since our preparations have materialized at the camp ahead of the game,” Kimanzi said.
He noted that his players need to concentrate and be ready for the challenge in the final game since a point will put them on top of the group.
“We will take this game like any other normal game as we have just done in the last few meetings so the team should play as a unit and have a positive mentality for us to achieve the result,” he commented.
He added that there were no injury worries and suspensions which could have hampered the team ahead of the crucial fixture.
The home based players resumed training at Kasarani on Monday after taking part in the weekend Kenya Premier League fixtures.
From the 17 local players, only four of them reported to the training with victories from the crucial weekend schedule before the Conakry tie.
Sony’s defender Jockins Atudo leads the smiling faces ahead of the Guinea trip alongside Sher’s custodian Noah Ayuko, Ulinzi’s stopper Mulinge Ndeto and Bandari’s play maker Abdi Simba.