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Ochomo called up as Okumbi names squad for Tanzania, Congo assignments

Muhoroni Youth striker Wycliffe Ochomo in a past SPL match.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya
Muhoroni Youth striker Wycliffe Ochomo in a past SPL match.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

NAIROBI, Kenya May 16- Red hot Muhoroni Youth forward Wycliffe Ochomo has earned his first ever call up to the national football team Harambee Stars.

The former Ulinzi Stars and Gor Mahia finisher is part of head coach Stanley Okumbi’s provisional squad of 29 players for the friendly match against Tanzania on May 29 and the AFCON qualifier against Congo on June 5 in Nairobi.

Ochomo has been in decent form scoring ten goals in all competitions this season and has been rewarded for his efforts.

Another surprise inclusion in the 29-man squad is Nzoia United forward Masita Masuta who has been on form for the second tier side.

Bandari FC defender Duncan Otewa who has been on and off the side shuttling between right back and left back has also earned his maiden call up to the senior team. Posta Rangers midfield maestro Joseph Mbugi has also earned a call up.

Gor Mahia left back Eric ‘Marcelo’ Ouma has also earned his first ever call up to the senior side after impressing for his club where he has been a regular starter at left back at the expense of Rwandese international Abouba Sibomana.

Returning to the side is Tusker FC midfielder Humphrey Mieno who has been overlooked over the last couple of matches as well as Gor’s Francis Kahata.

Surprisingly missing from the squad is Norway based goalkeeper Arnold Origi who was between the posts in Kenya’s 1-0 loss at the hands of Guinea Bissau in an African Cup of Nations Qualifier in March.

The squad of 29 involves 12 foreign bases players including former Tusker FC and Bandari left back Aboud Omar who now turns out for Bulgarian top tier side Slavia Sofia.

Spain based Ismail Said Athuman Gonzalez has also accepted an invite from Okumbi to come for the match and he will be making his first ever appearance.

Full Squad;

Goalkeepers; Boniface Oluoch (Gor Mahia), Lucas Indeche, (AFC Leopards), David Okello (Tusker)

Defenders; Aboud Omar (Slavia Sofia-Bulgaria), Musa Mohammed (Gor Mahia), Brian Mandela (Maritzburg United-SA), David Owino (Zesco United-Zambia), Joakins Otieno (Posta Rangers), Collins Shivachi (Tusker), Eric Ouma (Gor Mahia), Duncan Otewa (Bandari), Ismail Said Athuman Gonzalez (Las Palmas-Spain)

 Midfielders: Johanna Omolo (Royal Antwerp-Belgium), Joseph Mbugi (Posta Rangers), Antony Akumu (Zesco-Zambia), Victor Mugubi Wanyama (Southampton-England), Eric Johanna (Mathare United), Francis Kahata (Gor Mahia), Humphrey Mieno (Tusker), John Mark Makwata (Ulinzi), Clifford Miheso (AFC Leopards), Paul Were (AEL Kallonis-Greece), Ayub Timbe (Lierse SK-Belgium), Ali Abondo (Ajax Cape Town-SA), Ovella Ochieng (Kariobangi Sharks)

Strikers: Wycliffe Ochomo (Muhoroni), Michael Olunga (Djurgaden-Sweden), Jesse Jackson Were (Zesco-Zambia) Masita Bitolwa Masuta (Nzoia)