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B**w for Harambee Stars as key defender picks injury

Friday, March 15th, 2024 20:54 | By
Harambee Stars celebrate against Qatar. PHOTO/Harambee Stars
Harambee Stars celebrate against Qatar. PHOTO/Harambee Stars

Harambee Stars will head into the International friendlies without a key defender after Raków Częstochowa confirmed that Eric Ouma is injured.

Ouma joined Rakow in January 2024 and on Wednesday he was subbed off following their goalless draw against Stal Meilec with the club confirming he is injured.

Harambee Stars defender injured

The club has explained that tests done have shown that Ouma tore his hamstring muscle and he is likely to sit out for three to four weeks.

Harambee Stars defender Erick 'Marcelo' Ouma signs for Rakow Czestochowa of Poland. PHOTO/Rakow Czestochowa
Harambee Stars defender Erick Ouma signs for Rakow Czestochowa of Poland. PHOTO/Rakow Czestochowa

The club confirmed he will not leave their camp to join Harambee Stars in the camp for the Four Nations Tournament.

"Wednesday's match against Korona Kielce ended with an injury for Erick Otieno, who left the field in the 54th minute. Tests have shown a torn hamstring muscle in our player. Erick's break will last approximately 3-4 weeks," Rackow announced.

"Our player will also not go to the Kenya national team training camp. Erick, get well soon!" the statement concluded.

Ouma has been included in the Harambee Stars squad named by head coach Engin Firat ahead of the four Nations Tournament.

Harambee Stars will take part in the competition that will start on March 18–24, where they will face Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Harambee Stars players in a training session. PHOTO/(@Harambee__Stars)/X
Harambee Stars players in a training session. PHOTO/Harambee Stars/X

The participating countries will also have their U20 sides taking part in a corresponding tournament. Kenya have already named a squad, and Kenya Police head coach Salim Babu will manage it.

The matches against the COSAFA nations are meant to prepare Kenya for the upcoming qualifiers set to be played in June.

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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