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Bandari’s midfielder admits being surprised by Harambee Stars call-up

Monday, March 18th, 2024 13:23 | By
Harambee Stars head coach Engin Firat (centre) give instructions to players during a past training session. PHOTO/Rodgers Ndegwa
Harambee Stars head coach Engin Firat (centre) gives instructions to players during a training session. PHOTO/Rodgers Ndegwa

Bandari midfielder David Sakwa acknowledges that his call-up to the Harambee Stars camp came unexpectedly soon.

The player was recently part of Kiminini Combined, a Division One team before joining Bandari FC as a mid-season signing. A few months after his FKF Premier League debut, he has been called up to the National team.

Harambee Stars surprise

Despite his surprise, Sakwa is delighted to have made it to the provisional squad.

Bandari's David Sakwa in a past league match before Harambee Stars call-up. PHOTO/Bandari FC/Facebook
Bandari's David Sakwa in a past league match before Harambee Stars call-up. PHOTO/Bandari FC/Facebook

"It feels great to be in the Harambee Stars camp. It's my first time here, and I didn't expect it at all. Receiving the call-up came as a pleasant surprise, especially so soon. I'm excited about the opportunity," Sakwa expressed in an interview.

Sakwa is happy with the value of the coaching sessions under the guidance of Head Coach Engin Firat, noting the significant benefits he's gaining from them.

"We're being coached by someone with a lot of experience, and I'm learning new things every day. The training sessions are intense and beneficial," he remarked.

Despite recognizing the tough competition that lies ahead in the Four Nation tournament, Sakwa remains optimistic about the team's chances. He believes that emerging victorious in the tournament would be key for the squad.

Harambee Stars' training session. PHOTO/(@Harambee__Stars)/X
Harambee Stars' training session. PHOTO/(@Harambee__Stars)/X

" I understand that the competition ahead won't be easy, but I'm optimistic that we can emerge victorious. Winning would be a significant achievement for us," he added.

Harambee Stars squad

Goalkeepers: Ian Otieno (Zesco-Zambia), Patrick Matasi (Kenya Police), Byrne Odhiambo (Bandari), Bonphas Munyasa (Murang'a Seal)

Defenders: Sichenje (AIK-Sweden), Joseph Okumu (Reims-France), Johnstone Omurwa (Estrela-Portugal), Dennis Ng’ang’a (Zanaco Zambia), Daniel Anyembe (Viborg-Denmark), Amos Nondi (Ararat), Abud Omar (Kenya Police), Eric Ouma (Rakow-Poland)

Midfielders: Alphonce Omija (Dhofar-Oman), Kaycie Odhiambo (AFC Leopards), Chris Erambo (Tusker), Richard Odada (Aalborg-Denmark), Anthony Akumu (Sagan Tosu), Kenneth Muguna (Kenya Police), David Sakwa (Bandari), Shariff Musa (Gor Mahia), Ayub Timbe (Sebail-Azeberijan), Eric Johanna (UTA-Romania), Rooney Onyango (GOR Mahia)

Forwards: John Avire (Sekka), Michael Olunga (Duhail-Oman), Jonah Ayunga (ST. Mirren-Scotland), Benson Omalla (Gor Mahia)

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