Gor Mahia midfielder Kevin Omondi has been drafted into national football team Harambee Stars for the Cecafa Tusker senior Challenge Cup that kicks off in Kampala, Uganda on Saturday.
"Kevin has impressed of late and he has undoubted talent. That is why we have included him in the team because of his big match temperament," said under 23 coach James Nandwa who will be in charge of the Kenyan team at the regional showpiece
"Ade" as Omondi is known, has been an influential member of Zdravko Logarusic's men, mostly coming on as a substitute and played a key role in taking his team to the FKF Cup final against Sofapaka, scoring the opening goal in their 2-1 win over AFC Leopards.
Nandwa said the team which is holding their training sessions at the Strathmore University grounds are in high spirits and were poised to do well in the tournament which Kenya has not won in a decade and has exited at the group stages in the last two tournaments.
"The players know what kind of task they have at hand and are committed to doing well in Uganda. We will prepare as best we can to ensure we are ready from the very beginning,"he said
Tusker skipper Joseph Shikokoti who joined the squad during yesterday's morning training session was the only player who had an injury concern.
"Shikokoti has complained of a tight hamstring which is being given attention to determine how serious it is. Apart form that the other players are okay. We are still waiting to be joined by the Gor and Sofapaka players so we can have a session with a full squad before we depart,"Nandwa revealed.
US based defender Lawrence Olum was expected to jet into the country last night while Ibrahim Shikanda who plays for Tanzanian side Azam is set to arrive today.
The duo are the only players included in the squad who ply their trade outside the country Kenya has been placed a in a tough group "A" alongside host and defending champions Uganda. The two clash on the opening day of the tournament. The group also has Ethiopia and South Sudan