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Firat explains inclusion of expelled Harambee Stars duo

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2024 10:08 | By
Aboud Omar in a training session with Harambee Stars. PHOTO/@Harambee__Stars/X
Aboud Omar in a training session with Harambee Stars. PHOTO/@Harambee__Stars/X

Harambee Stars head coach Engin Firat has explained why he recalled Aboud Omar and forward Eric Johana Omondi.

Before leaving for the Four Nations tournament in March, the duo were expelled following an altercation in camp, but their expulsions were short-lived as they are back to the national team setup.

Then, Firat filled Omondi's and Omar's places with Gor Mahia's Shariff Musa and Vincent Mahiga of AFC Leopards. The left-back went on to star for the national side on his debut as they won the non-competitive trophy in Lilongwe, Malawi.

Firat said he has given them a redemption chance to show that they deserve their Harambee Stars places.

“I was unhappy about their discipline. Nonetheless, they know how to conduct themselves on the national team.

"I won’t close the door. Now they can show that they deserve to be here," Firat told the media.

New faces

In his provisional squad, Firat summoned some new faces and players who have dual citizenship. Tobias Knost, a Hamburger FC academy product, is now featuring for Veri FC, as well as Adam Ayiro.

“We have a lot of players outside who have potential, which is why I convinced them to play for our team. Adam, for example, played for England U18. He is a winger with very good dribbling capabilities.”

“Knost played for Germany U18. He can play as a right winger, right-back, or center-back. At his club, he plays as a right-back. Bruce Kamau, you know about him in Australia.

“I try to find these boys with potential. It is all about beefing up the quality of the team. Maybe we could have one more surprise," Firat defended his latest choices.

Harambee Stars in a training session with head coach Engin Firat.
Harambee Stars in a training session with head coach Engin Firat. PHOTO/(@Harambee__Stars)/X

Harambee Stars provisional squad

Goalkeepers: Patrick Matasi (Kenya Police), Byrne Odhiambo (Bandari), Boniphas Munyasa (Muranga Seal), Ian Otieno (Zesco, Zambia)

Defenders: Johnstone Omurwa (Estrela, Portugal), Alphonse Omija (Dhofar-Oman), Amos Nondi (Ararat, Armenia), Brian Okoth (Kenya Police), Abud Omar (Kenya Police), Tobias Knost (SV Verl, Germany)

Midfielders: John Ochieng (Zanaco, Zambia), Eric Johanna (UTA, Romania), Adam Wilson (Bradford City, England), Anthony Akumu (Unattached), Kenneth Muguna (Kenya Police), Kaycie Odhiambo (AFC Leopards), Chrispine Erambo (Tusker), Rooney Onyango (Gor Mahia), Ayub Timbe (Sabail, Azeberijan), Duke Abuya (IHEFU, Tanzania), Bruce Kamau (Perth Glory, Australia)

Forwards: John Avire (El Sekka El Hadid SC, Egypt), Austine Odhiambo (Gor Mahia), Benson Omala (Gor Mahia), Elvis Rupia (IHEFU, Tanzania).

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