Goalkeeper Arnold Origi Makes Huge Comeback as Kimanzi Announces Kenya Squad

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Seasoned goalkeeper Arnold Origi has been recalled to the national football team, Harambee Stars by head coach Francis Kimanzi ahead of the back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers matches against Comoros.

Origi will be returning to the national team for the first time in five years and will be joined in the goalkeeping squad by Zambian based Ian Otieno of Zesco United and Timothy Odhiambo of Ulinzi Stars in the 34-man provisional squad named on Monday.

Origi plays for Finland top side IFK Helsingfors.

Defender Clarke Oduor who plays for  championship side Barnsley has also been handed a call-up in the defence that also sees the return of Brian Mandela from injury while Hillary Wandera from Tusker FC, Collins Shichenje of AFC Leopards and KCB’s Badi Baraka are among the debutants.

Due to covid-19 protocols imposed by the countries from which they ply their trade, Victor Wanyama, striker Michael Olunga and midfielder Johanna Omollo might not feature for the national team.

Provisional Squad

Goalkeepers; Arnold Origi, Ian Otieno, Tomothy Odhiambo

Defenders

Brian Mandela (Unattached), Joash Onyango (Simba, Tanzania), Joseph Okumu (Elfsborg, Sweden), Harun Shakava (Nkana, Zambia), Clarke Oduor (Barnsley, England), Hillary Wandera (Tusker, Kenya), Samuel Olwande (Kariobangi Sharks, Kenya), David Owino (Mathare United, Kenya), Johnstone Omurwa (Wazito, Kenya), Collins Shichenje (AFC Leopards, Kenya), Andrew Juma (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Philemon Otieno (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Badi Baraka (KCB, Kenya)

Midfielders

Kenneth Muguna (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Victor Wanyama (Impact Montreal, Canada), Francis Kahata (Simba, Tanzania), Eric Johanna (Jonkoping’s Sodra IF, Sweden), Cliff Nyakeya (Masr FC, Egypt), Antony Akumu (Kaiser Chief, South Africa), Johanna Omolo (Cercle Brugge K.S.V, Belgium), Ayub Timbe (Beijing Renhe, China), Brian Musa (Wazito, Kenya), Lawrence Juma (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Katana Mohamed (Isloch, Belarus), Austin Otieno (AFC Leopards, Kenya)

Forwards

Michael Olunga (Kashiwa Reysol, Japan), Elvis Rupia (AFC Leopards, Kenya), Masud Juma (JS Kabylie, Algeria), Timothy Otieno (NAPSA Stars, Zambia), John Avire (Tanta FC, Egypt), Oscar Wamalwa (Ulinzi Stars, Kenya)

 

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