- Kenya’s provisional squad for Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup dominated by Gor players.
Seven players from the 2017 SportsPesa Premier League champions Gor Mahia have been included in the provisional 25-strong Harambee Stars squad for the 2017 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup.
The regional tournament will kick off on December 3 in Kenya.
Dependable goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch, defenders Musa Mohammed, Harun Shakava and Wellington Ochieng, midfielders Ernest Wendo and Kenneth Muguna and striker George “Blackberry” Odhiambo are the K’Ogalo players in the team, the most from any club, named on Wednesday.
GOtv Shield winners AFC Leopards have contributed the second highest number of players in the squad, five – goalkeeper Gabriel Andika, defender Dennis Shikhayi, midfielders Whyvonne Issuza and Duncan Otieno, and striker Vincent Oburu.
Not surprising this season’s league Goldon Boot winner Masoud Juma of Kariobangi Sharks makes the squad, composed entirely of home based players, together with team mates Patillah Omotto and Ovellah Ochieng.
Vihiga United’s defender Bernard Ochieng is the only player from the National Super League in the team.
The called up Stars players reports to camp at the Moi International Sports Center, Kasarani in Nairobi on Sunday, November 26.
Kenya is drawn in a tough Pool A of the Challenge Cup that also has Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro Stars, The Heroes of Zanzibar and guest side Mediterranean Knights of Libya.
The players will get to meet and interact for the first time with new coach Belgian Paul Put who was appointed on a two-year contract on Saturday, November 18.
Goalkeepers – Boniface, Oluoch (Gor Mahia), Gabriel Andika (AFC Leopards), Patrick Matasi (Posta Rangers); Defenders – Musa Mohammed (Gor Mahia), Charles Momanyi (Kakamega Homeboyz), Dennis Shikhayi (AFC Leopards), Jockins Atudo (Posta Rangers), Harun Shakava (Gor Mahia), Wellington Ochieng (Gor Mahia), Benard Ochieng (Vihiga United), Omar Mbongi (Ulinzi Stars); Midfielders – Ernest Wendo (Gor Mahia), Whyvonne Issuza (AFC Leopards), Kenneth Muguna (Gor Mahia), Patillah Omotto (Kariobangi Sharks), Duncan Otieno (AFC Leopards), Ovellah Ochieng (Kariobangi Sharks), Lawrence Juma (Nzoia Sugar); Strikers –Samuel Onyango (Ulinzi Stars), Kepha Aswani (Nakumatt), George Odhiambo (Gor Mahia), Masoud Juma (Kariobangi Sharks), Vincent Oburu (AFC Leopards), Stephen Waruru (Ulinzi Stars), Benjamin Mosha (Sony Sugar)