NAIROBI, Kenya, February 25 – Arnold Origi is set to make his Harambee Stars comeback after being included in a provisional Harambee Stars squad that was announced on Wednesday. The Swedish based keeper has been out of international duty since sustaining after sustaining a knee injury in the 2-0 win over Zimbabwe in the first round of the World Cup qualifiers last year.
“I believe that this is an exhaustive squad. A lot was taken into consideration bearing this time around that we have to qualify for the world cup and we have to come up with what we believe should be our best,” said Football Kenya technical director Patrick Naggi who selected the 39 member squad.
“We are giving the new coach (Antoine Hey) a variety of players to work with and he will also have a chance to select other players he likes from the Kenya Premier League,” added Naggi.
The team which is expected to report on camp on Monday has 11 foreign players including Dennis Oliech, Allan Wanga and Jamal Mohamed.
Robert Mambo who captained Stars during in the first round of the qualifiers is the glaring omission in the squad.
“We were looking at current form during the selection of the squad and contributions. In addition to the players named we have eleven other players which Mambo is a part of and can be called on any time,” said Naggi.
Keepers David Okello, Sammy Ochieng are some of the new call ups to the team.
Others include Simon Mburu of Tusker FC, John Mwangi of Chemelil Sugar and Sebastian Muchera of AFC Leopards.
The team will report to camp in three phases with the first one taking place next week from Tuesday to Friday when the players will be released to go and represent their respective clubs in the league before reporting to camp again.
Experience, youth, ground power depth was part of the criteria that Naggi said was used to select the players.
Naggi said that an assistant to Hey will also be chosen in due course.
“We are on the look out for an assistant and will also take into consideration his availability and involvement in his club.
Goalkeepers: Noah Ayuko, David Okello, Sammy Ochieng, Wilson Oburu, Arnold Origi
Wing Backs: Mulinge Ndetto, Abdul Latiff, Julius Owino, John Njoroge
Central defence: Edgar Ochieng, Pascal Ochieng, Antony Kimani, Joseph Shikokoti, Jockings Atundo, George Owino
Defensive midfield: Ali Breikh, Zakayo Kisekeli, Andrew Oyombe, Wise Okoth
Offensive midfield: Austine Makacha, Anthony Dofaa, Abdi Simba, Simon Mburu, Jamal Mohamed, Mcdonald Mariga, Mike Baraza, Moses Odhiambo, Hilary Echesa, Evans Wandera
Strikers: Victor Mugabe, Francis Ochieng, John Mwangi, Sebastian Muchera, Dennis Oliech, Francis Ouma, Mike Ambani, Allan Wanga, Benard Mwalala