Origi back in Stars squad as Okumbi calls up team for friendlies

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Norway based goalkeeper Arnold Origi is expected to make a return to the national team Harambee Stars squad after being drafted by coach Stanley Okumbi.

Should he accept the call,he will be making a return to the team after over one year absence.

Origi last played for the national team in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Guinea Bissau but has since been left out by Okumbi.

In his absence, Gor Mahia’s Boniface Oluoch has taken the number one role.

But Okumbi has called Origi who plays for Lillestroem SK for the upcoming international friendlies against Mozambique, Togo and Mauritania.

Captain Victor Wanyama of Engilsh side Tottenham Hotspurs heads the list of foreign based players to report to camp on August 27. others are Jesse Were, Anthony Akumu and David Owino of Zambia side Zesco together with Cliftone Miheso and John Makwatta from Zambia’s Buildicon. China based Michael Olunga and Ayub Timbe also make the list.

At the same time Okumbi added new faces in the previous list of players he had called.

Kenneth Muguna of Gor Mahia and Ulinzi’s Stephen Waruru are the key players he has included. There is also Gor Mahia goalkeeper Peter Odhiambo and Farouk Shikhalo of Posta Rangers.

Kariobangi Sharks midfielder Partilla Omotto also makes a comeback.

Foreign based call ups

David Ochieng’ (New York Cosmos, USA), Abud Omar (Slavia Sofia, Bulgaria), Anthony Akumu, Jesse Were and David Owino (Zesco United, Zambia), Cliff Miheso and John Makwatta (Buildcon FC, Zambia), Johanna Omolo (Cercle Brugge, Belgium), Michael Olunga (Guizhou Zhicheng, China), Eric Johanna (Vasalund IF, Sweden), Jonah Ayunga (Galway United, Ireland), Ayub Timbe (Beijing Renhe, China), Brian Mandela (Maritzburg United, South Africa), Victor Wanyama (Tottenham HotSpur, England) and Arnold Origi (Lillestroem SK, Norway).

Local call ups

Goalkeepers: Peter Odhiambo (Gor Mahia),  Farouk Shikhalo (Posta Rangers), Gabriel Andika (AFC Leopards)

Defenders: Robinson Kamura, Wesley Onguso (Sofapaka), Pascal Ogweno (Kariobangi Sharks), Jockins Atudo (Posta Rangers), Dennis Sikayi ( AFC Leopards)

Midfielders:  Kenneth Muguna (Gor Mahia),  Peter Nganga (Nakuru AllStars), Patillah Omoto (Kariobangi Sharks),  Marcelus Ingotsi ( AFC Leopards)

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