Australian-based Kamau among first to report to Harambee Stars camp for World Cup Qualifier preps

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2024 13:56 | By
Bruce Kamau reacts in a past A League match. Photo/Perth Glory
Bruce Kamau reacts in a past A League match. Photo/Perth Glory

Australia-based Bruce Kamau was among the first Harambee Stars players to hit the camp for the upcoming 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

The training session included 13 players, including two debutants: Brian Okoth of Kenya Police and Bruce Kamau, who plays for Perth Glory in Australia.

John Avire and Anthony Akumu, who are based abroad, also participated. Twenty-two more players are expected to link up with the team before they depart for Malawi.

Kamau joined the camp for the first training session on Tuesday, May 21, 2024. Born in Kenya, Kamau moved to Australia at age four, where he attended Rostrevor College.

Kamau at Melbourne Victory. PHOTO/Toby McG
Kamau at Melbourne Victory. PHOTO/Toby McG

Kamau professional debut

He made his senior professional debut for Adelaide United in the 2014 FFA Cup in a match against Wellington Phoenix at the Marden Sports Complex on August 5, 2014, helping his team to win the match 1–0 in regulation time. He subsequently made his A-League debut in a match against Brisbane Roar in Round One of the 2014–15 A-League season.

Kamau scored his first A-League goal for Adelaide United in a 1–0 win away to Melbourne Victory on February 19, 2016, in the 90th minute of the match in Round 20 of the 2015–16 season. He would then start in the 2016 A-League Grand Final, scoring the first goal of the game.

Winning the Premiership and Championship with Adelaide, he would then switch sides for Melbourne City, making his City debut in a 4–0 pre-season victory over NPL Victoria side Melbourne Knights FC.

Bruce Kamau PHOTO/Melbourne City
Bruce Kamau PHOTO/Melbourne City

In 2018, the winger completed a move to Western Sydney Wanderers after being released by Melbourne City. Drama would unfold as Kamau would be omitted from the club roster after a squad update on October 2020, fueling rumours of his departure.

A month later, Sydney Wanderers would announce that the Kenyan-born winger had re-signed for the season.

Up next would be an opportunity for overseas football, signing with Greek Super League club OFI Crete on a three-year contract in July 2021.

Kamau back in Australia

In February 2023, he would head back home on a loan deal to A-League Men club Melbourne Victory where he would see out the 2022–23 season before moving to Perth Glory ahead of the 2023–24 A-League Men’s season.

Abud Omar, Austin Odhiambo, Kenneth Muguna, Bonphas Munyasa, Kaycie Odhiambo, Patrick Matasi, Chris Erambo, Benson Omalla, and Rooney Onyango are some of the players plying their trade locally who took part in Harambee Stars’ first session.

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