Posted On Tuesday, 30th April 2013
Kenya will field a strong side against Ghana when the two sides clash next month in a World Cup friendly warm-up as the Harambee Stars have called two suspended players for the clash in Nairobi.
Coach Adel Amrouche will use the 1 June friendly to prepare for their upcoming World Cup qualifier against Nigeria but has invited captain Dennis Oliech and number one goalkeeper Arnold Origi who are both suspended for the June 5 match with the Super Eagles.
The Black Stars will set up camp in Nairobi ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Sudan and will use the Kenyan friendly as part of their build-up.
Harambee Stars assistant coach James Nandwa confirmed Monday that the two will be part of the team to take on Ghana since they are eligible to play in the June 14 World Cup qualifier against Malawi.
“We are taking the friendly seriously thus we want all our top players ready for it,” said Nandwa.
He added the team is facing a striking crisis missing Oliech will affect them but he said they are working on identifying those who can fill in the gap.
“We are looking at Kepha Aswani and George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo because they are currently enjoying top form,” he added.
Nandwa also revealed that they are also pursuing Dujovic Origi who is based in France and turns out for Lille in the French ligue one.
“He has just turned 18 and this is the right time for make a decision regarding his future. We are hoping he can play for Kenya instead of Belgium,” he added.
The presence of the two senior players is expected to play a pivotal in the dressing room.
Their experience should give the youngsters a motivation as they plot against the African champions, Nigeria, in Nairobi.
The Harambee Stars drew 1-1 with Super Eagles in first first leg match on March 23.