KPL names All Stars squad to face Spanish Segunda sides


Action at the KCOM Stadium, United Kingdom where KPL All Stars lost 2-1 against Hull ...
Action at the KCOM Stadium, United Kingdom where KPL All Stars lost 2-1 against Hull City Select XI. (PHOTO/Mike Okinyi)

The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Thursday named a list 20 players that will play two invitational friendly matches against two clubs from the Segunda Division in Spain.

The news marks the first palpable development resulting from the collaboration agreement signed between LaLiga and the KPL and which was presented in Nairobi last month.

Harambee Stars First Coach Stanley Okumbi will for the second time be tasked with leading an All Stars team made up of KPL players after handling a similar job when he led local players to the UK to play Hull City Select XI.

Okumbi will be assisted by Harambee Stars Under 20 Coach John Kamau with the duo expected to trim the squad to a final list of 18 that will depart for the nine-day visit set to commence on July 17.

A team doctor will also accompany the squad with LaLiga set to cater for the air tickets and full-board accommodation of the entire KPL All Star team.

Last year in October, a delegation from the KPL visited Madrid to gain an insight into LaLiga’s working methods before subsequent visits yielded in a formal partnership agreement seven months later.

The deal includes collaborations in areas such as management, marketing and communication, as well as helping to set up a match-analysis centre, and sharing expertise and tools related to the likes of match analysis and technical development.

The two bodies will also team up to organise seminars for Kenyan coaches and other events such as exhibition matches between LaLiga clubs and a KPL All-Star squad.

Below is a provisional list of 20 players selected for the All Star team which will later be reduced to 18.

# SURNAME GIVEN NAME (S) POS DATE OF BIRTH AGE CLUB
             
1 Ovella Ochieng’ M 23-Dec-99 17 Kariobangi Sharks
             
2 Iregi Benson Maina M 7-Oct-99 17 Thika United
             
3 Ogendo Victor Omondi F 10-Jun-98 19 Nzoia Sugar
             
4 Oburu Vincent Ouma F 14-Sep-97 19 AFC Leopards
             
5 Omwenga Timothy Balton D 17-Dec-96 20 Kariobangi Sharks
             
6 Shikhalo Faruk G 12-Oct-96 20 Posta Rangers
             
7 Ojwang’ Maurice Owino D 7-Sep-96 20 Western Stima
             
8 Muchiri Boniface M 28-Aug-96 20 Sonysugar
             
9 Kigonya Mathias G 2-Feb-96 21 Sofapaka
             
10 Kisiavuki Clinton Sambuli M 1-Dec-95 21 Nakumatt
             
11 Omoto Patilah Omutiti M 2-Mar-95 22 Kariobangi Sharks
             
12 Kamura Robinson Mwangi D 30-Sep-94 22 AFC Leopards
             
13 Macharia Jackson Irungu M 15-Jun-94 23 Tusker
             
14 Odhiambo Peter G 16-Aug-93 23 Gor Mahia
             
15 Kizza Martin D 10-May-93 24 Tusker
             
16 Onyango Samuel Ouma F 30-Nov-92 24 Ulinzi Stars
             
17 Mbugua Simon Wanjiku M 8-Jun-91 26 Posta Rangers
             
18 Musa Mohammed Mayeko D 6-Jun-91 26 Gor Mahia
             
19 Wendo Ernest Kisia M 4-Dec-90 26 Gor Mahia
             
20 Mieno Humphrey Ochieng’ M 25-Sep-89 27 Tusker
           

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