Harambee stars probable line up against Cranes

Harambee stars probable line up against Cranes

Harambee stars probable line up against Cranes

The day is finally here and Harambee stars have a chance to redeem themselves from the perennial defeats by the Cranes. This afternoon at the Nyayo stadium one team has to pick up the all important three points (at least for Kenya and 1 point for Uganda) for a spot in the January African championships for domestic players in Sudan - CHAN.

Coach Twahir Muhiddin is all aware of the task ahead that’s why he has to trade cautiously mixing experience with young talent in his squad. Perhaps he must be in an upbeat mood following the return of experienced Sofapaka players whom he dearly missed in the Ugandan first leg going down 0-1.

It is much expected that Muhiddin and his assistant Zedekiah Zico will adopt the 4-3-3 System to put pressure on the Ugandans as well as have the option of defending when needed since no away goal of any kind should be allowed. The 4-3-3 system gives the players a much flexible movement in the pitch in that the central field king pin likely to be Peter Opiyo will play the donkey man in the field always falling back to defend and his position taken up by either Kevin Omondi or Paul Were whenever we loose the ball automatically changing the system to 5-3-2.

As it stands, the game is still very open and the most tactical of the coaches will drive his team through. So it’s a battle of the titans Muhiddin against Williamson.

Twahir Muhiddin
Twahir Mohamed Muhiddin is one of the best and longest serving local national team coaches Kenya has ever had alongside Mohamed Kheri and Jacob Ghost Mulee. He boasts of  a 32 year history in coaching and holds a sports management and coaching diplomas from Brazil and Germany with most of his coaching curriculum being that of KNVB arguably one of the best coaching curriculums in the world.Muhiddin’s 32 years coaching career is extensive with previous coached clubs including: KTM,Greenberets,Kenya prisons, Ulinzi stars, Oserian fastac-2 times champions-,Mtibwa sugar of Tanzania,Bandari fc, Afc leopards where he is the current technical director, Utalii fc, Alaskan fc and Mombasa wanderers. His national teams handling include: Under -18 CECAFA 1995, Under 20-1994, Under 23 Olympic team and juniotr teams qualifiers, 2 times qualified for African cup of nations 1990 to Algeria with Mohamed Kheri and 2004-Tunisia with Jacob Ghost Mulee

Goalkeeper
As expected Kenya’s number one top form Afc leopards Keeper Lawrence Wafula Oduki Webo will guard the posts and his reflex is expected to keep the likes of Kaweesa and Sserumaga’s menace at bay. Apart from the miscalculation he made to let in the solitary goal in Kampala Webo stood out above the rest and made some spectacular saves to reduce the tally or else Uganda would be coming to Kenya for a formality match with a comfortable lead.Webo has had a fantastic season this year for Afc and his consistency has earned him the number one jersey after many years of traversing clubs. Many Kenyans might have heard of him this year but Webo has been in the play for over 8 years now playing for different clubs including: Sulmac flowers, Sher agencies, Mumias sugar and professional experience with Rayon sports fc of Rwanda.

Defense
Having contained Uganda revenue authority in Kigali beating them 3-0, the Kenyan defence welcomes back the experienced Edgar fighter Ochieng who has for a long time remained one of the best defenders Kenya has produced since the retirement of Musa Otieno.Edgar is a probable start alongside his team mate and captain James Situma who is in top form.Situma is a utility player who can play any position in the field and Muhiddin should have him as a great asset and starter in the game. The defence will also have Ulinzi’s dependable Mulinge Ndeto and the Harambee stars captain Julius ‘Awilo’ Owino whose overlaps should be clearly checked  by technical covering,strong man Pascal Ochieng will be handy for anything on the bench.

Midfield
The central of pitch is expected to have Peter Opiyo the spoiler and distributor.Opiyo is a strong pillar in the central perimeter and his agility and experience having played for the stars a number of times is one of the team’s kingpin decider. His brilliance will determine the pace and chances we create in the front.Perhaps Opiyo will function better if he has his team mate Blackberry besides him. The duo has been known to be having the most beautiful combinations in the Kenyan premier league while turning out for their Kogello boys Gor Mahia.Noticeably Gor mahia have been playing one of the most beautiful football in the Kenyan premier league and all that is owed to the support and creativity of the two with blackberry being the darling of the Gor fans..

Striking
Finishing shouldn’t be a problem for the Kenyan premier league goal poachers and probable starts Paul Were, the indomitable John Baraza, Kevin Omondi and Humphrey Mieno.The youngest Bullet releaser in the field Paul Were has been enjoying great form in the league and he should employ the same goal poaching technique for his country and Muwonge in Uganda’s goal need go home with head burrowed in his sore hands due to unstoppable powerful electric shots.

All said than done the Kenyan squad is strong enough to change the fortune of the Ugandan’s and make their fans’ journey back home the longest ever travel they will embark on in the next farthest future.

We need at least two goals to qualify but allow no opportunity for the opponents to scare our goal even once since an away goal for them will be a detrimental catastrophe to our boys.
The ball is on the court of the 11 starting men and the reserves under the guidance of Muhiddin and we believe they will put up a spirited fight to salvage us from the Ugandans brag.