The Star (Nairobi)

15 February 2013

Kenya: City Psyched Up

Nairobi City Stars chairman Peter jabuya is confident his team can cope with the absence of George 'BlackBerry' Odhiambo who has left the country for a one month trials stint with Armenian top division side, Alashkert Martuni.

City Stars had included the former Gor Mahia, Randers and Azam player in their roster for this year's league and cup actions. However, an opportunity to pursue greener pastures came about even before the Kenyan Premier League season kicked off.

Jabuya said Blackberry's move was a win win situation for both him and the Kanwagware-based top division side.

"We are very happy for BlackBerry to seek better opportunities because every player must get the opportunity to develop and this is one for him. We wish him success,"stated Jabuya.

"However his move will not affect us much because we had a very big squad of about 30 players registered for the season. We also ensured that we had many strikers who can take his place in case of such and eventuality," explained Jabuya.

City Stars welcomed back fiery Ugandan striker Jimmy Bageya as well as recruited three other strikers including veteran striker Eric Muranda from Rangers, George Mwangi and Vincent Okoth.

Jabuya added that City Stars stood to benefit should BlackBerry's move to Alashkert Martuni materialise. He said according to Fifa rules, they are entitled to something in any transfers deal involving the 2010 footballer of the year, having been their player.

"Odhiambo was our player on a ful ltime basis not on loan and according to the rules, if he makes any move, we are expected to be compensated because he is a member of our team," stated Jabuya

Blackberry's trials according to the invitation letter sent to him by Martuni club president Bagrat Navoyan, will end on March 1.

Squad: Goalkeepers-- Ronnie Kaguzi, Fred Majani, Sammy Lusaka; Defenders: John Amboko, Arthur Museve, Joel Sebuliba, Nicholas Meja, Collins Ochieng, Peter Ashango, Kevin Masawa, Andrew Ongwae, Harbert Kunga; Midfielders: Dennis Omondi, Boniface Onyango, Justus Basweti, Mark Makwata, Silus

Aluvisia, Victor Ashinga, Victor Okullu, Simon Ogutu, Oscar Mbugua, Valentine Ohia, Dennis Pajoe, Dennis Okoth, Francis Thairu: strikers: Goerge Odhiambo, Erick Muranda, Jimmy Bagaye, George Mwangi and Vincent Okoth.

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