Jesse Were recalled as Kimanzi names squad for Uganda friendly
Harambee Stars coach Francis Kimanzi has recalled Jesse Were to the national team
If there is anyone who knows how to get the best out of striker Jesse Were, then it is Francis Kimanzi. Were clinched the Kenyan premier League golden boot at Tusker FC in 2015 with Kimanzi as boss and it is no wonder the highly qualified tactician has handed the Zesco United forward a recall to the national team as he named a squad of 27 to take on Uganda in a friendly match in Nairobi on September 8.
Were was freezed out by Frenchman Sebastien Migne during his stint and only played 45 minutes in a friendly game with the tactician saying his stats having never scored for the national team had put him out.
While the free-scoring ex Tusker and Mathare United man has been brought back from the cold, his two compatriots Teddy Akumu and David Owino have not been named, with Akumu just recovering from injury. Musa Mohammed, a constant name in Migne’s team sheet has also not been included in the squad.
Also missing out is Dennis Odhiambo who has however been placed in the stand-by list. The former Sofapaka man, now at KCB, had also been consistently featuring under Migne, but looks not to be a big favorite for new boss.
Meanwhile, Moses Mudavadi, Samuel Olwande and Nicholas Mejja have been handed debut call ups.
Stars are also scheduled to play against Libya in October in either Tunisia or Morocco.
Goalkeepers: Patrick Matasi (St. George SC, Ethiopia), John Oyemba (Kariobangi Sharks, Kenya), Faruk Shikalo (Young Africans SC, Tanzania)
Defenders: Joseph Okumu ( Real Monarchs FC, USA), Mike Kibwage (KCB FC, Kenya), Joash Onyango (Gor Mahia FC, Kenya), Bernard Ochieng (Wazito FC, Kenya), Abud Omar (Sepsi OSK Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania), Erick Ouma (Vasalunds IF, Sweden) Nicholas Mejja (Bandari, Kenya), Samuel Olwande (Kariobangi Sharks, Kenya)
Midfielders: Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspurs FC, England), Francis Kahata (Simba SC, Tanzania), Boniface Muchiri (Tusker FC, Kenya), Kenneth Muguna (Gor Mahia FC, Kenya), Duke Abuya (Kariobangi Sharks FC, Kenya), Ismael Gonzales (UD Las Palmas FC, Spain), Cliffton Miheso (Gor Mahia FC, Kenya), Johanna Omolo (Cercle Brugge, Belgium), Ayub Timbe (Beijing Renhe FC, China), Cliff Nyakeya (AL Masry, Egypt), Erick Johanna (IF Brommapojkarna, Sweden), Moses Mudavadi (Kakamega Homeboyz FC), Whyvone Isuza (AFC Leopards SC)
Forwards: Michael Olunga (Kashiwa Reysol FC, Japan), Jesse Were (Zesco United, Zambia), John Avire (Sofapaka FC, Kenya).
Goalkeepers: Timothy Odhiambo (Ulinzi Stars, Kenya)
Defenders: Johnstone Omurwa (Wazito FC, Kenya), Brian Otieno (Bandari, Kenya), David Owino (Mathare United, Kenya), Hillary Wandera (Tusker, Kenya)
Midfielders: Dennis Odhiambo (KCB, Kenya), Lawrence Juma (Gor Mahia, Kenya),
Forwards: Nicholas Kipkirui (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Enosh Ochieng (Ulinzi Stars, Kenya), Timothy Otieno (Tusker, Kenya)