Kenya U18 starting squad named ahead of CECAFA Final
Kenya U18 squad for the CECAFA U18 final match against Uganda has been named by head coach Salim Babu ahead of the match set to kick-off at 2:30 p.m. at Jomo Kenyatta Stadium in Kisumu.
Ibrahim Wanjala who starred in penalty shootouts to send Kenya to the final has retained his place in goal. He will be guarded by Captain Amos Wanzala, Collins Ongou, Baron Ochieng and Joseph Onyango.
Kenya U18 mid
The midfield will have Stanley Omondi, Humphrey Aroko, Joseph Khisa and Elly Owande. The forwards are Louise Ingavi and Syphas Owuor.
Aldrine Kibet, Tyron Junior, Manzur Suleiman are on the bench. Kenya head to the final having gone unbeaten in this competition.
Sports CS Ababu Namwamba will be one of the guests during the ultimate showdown, and ahead of the match, he has explained how proud he is of the junior stars.
"You have united and galvanised the nation. You have made every Kenyan incredibly proud. You have rekindled our faith and belief in Kenyan football.
Kenya U18 proof
"You have proven our game has a bright future. You are a special fruit of Talanta Hela, a perfect manifestation that investing in youth and grassroots talent development does indeed pay.
"Now go on, finish the job, lay your hands on that trophy, and take our beautiful Kenyan flag to cloud nine," Namwamba said in a statement on his X handle.
The former Budalangi Member of Parliament also said the government is behind the Junior Stars, who are on the verge of winning the regional title.
"His Excellency President William Ruto and I are leading the whole government and all Kenyans in praying for you and cheering you on all the way.
"Victory is your portion. I am coming to Kisumu with your special reward. C'mon, my boys, let's do this," he added.
Kenya U18 Squad
1 Ibrahim Wanjala 2 Baron Ochieng 4 Joseph Onyango 8 Stanley Omondi 9 Louise Ingavi 10 Humphrey Aroko 12 Syphas Owour 13 Elly Owande 15 Amos Wanjala (C) 19 Collins Ongou 21 Joseph Khisa Coach Name: Salim Babu
Substitutes: 3 Sigmunn Maina 5 Lucas Kungu 6 Kevin Musambai 11 Tyron Junior 14 Manzur Suleiman 16 Alvin Kasavuli 18 Junior Odhiambo 20 Aldrine Kibet 22 Duncan Oluoch 23 Joshua Keya