Bandari FC goalkeeper Michael Wanyika Gathoni has been included in the Harambee Stars Squad that is currently training in preparation for the upcoming CHAN qualifier match against Tanzania.
Wanyika made only three appearances for the Dockers last season owing to Farouk Shikalo’s fine form in goal. Despite seeing limited playtime, the former Karuturi Sports and Kakamega Homeboyz man has been handed a call-up by coach Sebastien Migne.
Other additions to the national team are, midfielder, Ibrahim Shambi of Ulinzi Stars, winger Abdallah Hassan of Bandari and Derrick Otanga, a striker of recently promoted Wazito FC.
CHAN, a tournament which is played by local players of any given country has seen Francis Kahata and Cliff Nyakeya who had been named in the squad in May get dropped as both have moved to leagues outside the country. Nyakeya joined FC Masr in Egypt while Kahata has joined Tanzania’s Simba SC.
The Kenyan team reported to the camp on July 19, ahead of the first leg set to be played on July 28 in Dar es Salaam while the second leg will be played at the Kasarani Stadium a week later on August 4.
After the Harambee Stars clash with the Taifa Stars of Tanzania, they will meet Sudan later in the year.
Harambee Stars preliminary chan squad
Goalkeepers: John Oyemba (Kariobangi Sharks), James Saruni (Ulinzi Stars), Mike Wanyika (Bandari)
Defenders: Philemon Otieno (Gor Mahia), Yusuf Mainge (AFC Leopards), Joash Onyango (Gor Mahia), Benard Ochieng (Wazito), Mike Kibwage (KCB), Andrew Juma (Mathare United), David Owino (Mathare United)
Midfielders: Dennis Odhiambo (Sofapaka), Teddy Osok (Wazito), Kenneth Muguna (Gor Mahia), Duke Abuya (Kariobangi Sharks), Patillah Omoto (Kariobangi Sharks), Paul Were (AFC Leopards), Samuel Onyango (Gor Mahia), Roy Okal (Mathare United), Whyvone Isuza (AFC Leopards), Abdalla Hassan (Bandari), Ibrahim Shambi (Ulinzi Stars)
Forwards: John Avire (Sofapaka), Musa Masika (Wazito), Nicholas Kipkirui (Gor Mahia), Sydney Lokale (Kariobangi Sharks), Piston Mutamba (Wazito), Enosh Ochieng (Ulinzi Stars), Derrick Otanga (Wazito)