'Mo' back in Stars squad


NAIROBI, Kenya, June 3 – John ‘Mo’ Muiruri has been recalled to the Harambee Stars squad that will face Nigeria in Sunday’s World Cup qualifier in Abuja after a three year hiatus.OLIECHArnold Origi is also set to make his return to international football after fully recovering from a knee injury that sidelined the goalkeeper for a year.

“Fitness wise I feel good and at hundred percent. I’ve been working hard for the past two months with the goal keeping coach and I’m ready to play,” said Origi who sustained the injury against Zimbabwe.

Stars coach Antoine Hey is delighted with the form Origi showed at training and scheduled some more extra work with Kenya’s top goalkeeper in Wednesday’s afternoon training session.

“It’s great to see that Arnold is fit. We have a special session with him and the other goal keeper (David Okello) to see if there up to the task,” said Hey.

Dennis Oliech and Robert Mambo sat out Wednesday’s training due to fever and a groin injury respectively.

“We are monitoring Dennis hoping that his illness is not serious but he is definitely traveling. We will monitor Robert this afternoon (Wednesday) and see how he responds” he added.

Stars are currently bottom of Group B of the qualifiers without any points while Nigeria are third with a single point after a barren draw with Mozambique.

Hey’s charges have played two warm up matches against Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) to whom they lost 2-0 and against Gor Mahia who they beat 1-0.

The Super Eagles have played two warm up games against Ireland and former world champions France who they beat 1-0 on Tuesday night.

Youth and Sports Affairs minister Professor Helen Sambili visited the team as well as their allowances

“I want to assure you (Stars) that the government is with you and to encourage you carry Kenya’s flag high when you are in Abuja,” said Sambili who was flanked by her assistant Kabando wa Kabando.

The team departs for Abuja early Thursday morning with Football Kenya Limited (FKL) first vice chairman Erastus Okul the head of delegation.

Stars Squad:

Musa Otieno (captain), Arnold Origi, Victor Mugabe, Patrick Oboya, Joseph Shikokoti, Macdonald Mariga, Pascal Ochieng, Dennis Oliech, John ‘Mo’ Muiruri, John Njoroge, Allan Wanga, Mulinge Ndetto, George Owino, Julius Owino, Austin Makacha, Robert Mambo, Osborne Monday, Willies Ochieng, Peter Opiyo