22 June 2013

Kenya: Cosafa Cup Side Named

AFC Leopards play maker David Seda and Karuturi Sports striker John Mwangi are the new names that have been included in the Harambee Stars squad for the COSAFA Cup named by coach Adel Amrouche yesterday.

Amrouche has selected a largely home-based squad, excluding Andrew Murunga who scored in his second game for the national soccer team in the 2-2 draw away in Malawi.

The team is largely packed with players who have been involved in the recent 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifiers.

Defender Brian Mandela and striker David Gateri, both of whom play in South Africa, Belgium-based Johanna Omollo, Azam's Joakins Atudo and Jamal Mohamed of Oman's Al Nasr are the only foreign-based players in the squad released yesterday

Gor Mahia's Anthony Akumu also makes a return to the side after lengthy spells with injury.

"We are very confident that our team will honour the invitation by the COSAFA body and compete well. Since we played against Nigeria in Calabar where they escape with a lucky draw, no team can take us for granted and we expect to put on a good show in Zambia," said the FKF chairman Sam Nyamweya during the launch of the tournament in Nairobi this week.

Kenya will be appearing in their first COSAFA Cup tournament and this will give Amrouche a valuable chance to work with his team in a major tournament. Kenya have been drawn in Group B of the tournament and will come up against Lesotho, Botswana and Swaziland. Should they advance out of the pool, they will meet Angola in the quarterfinals. Kenya open their campaign against Lesotho in Kitwe on July 7.

Kenya Squad--Goalkeepers: Duncan Ochieng, Wilson Obungu, Jerim Onyango; Defenders: Mulinge Ndetto, David Owino, David Ochieng, Brian Mandela, Joackins Atudo; Midfielders: Mohammed Musa, John Mwangi, Edwin Wafula, Peter Opiyo, Francis Kahata, Johanna Omolo Teddy Akumu, Collins Okoth; Strikers: Edwin Lavatsa, David Gateri, Jamal Mohammed, Ali Bhai, Aboid Omar and David Seda.

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