Nyakeya added to Emerging Stars squad


Mathare United FC players Cliff Nyakeya carries teammate John Mwangi in celebrations after scoring against ...
Mathare United FC players Cliff Nyakeya carries teammate John Mwangi in celebrations after scoring against Chemelil Sugar FC during their KPL match at Kenyatta stadium in Machakos, on March 30, 2018. Mathare United FC won 1-0.Photo/Oliver Ananda/Sportpicha

In Summary

  • Four more players including reigning Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Midfielder of the Year Cliff Nyakeya have been included in the initial 23-man Emerging Stars squad ahead of the upcoming Africa U23 Cup of Nations Qualifier against Mauritius
  • The Mathare United ace is joined by AFC Leopards midfielder Marvin Omondi, as well as defenders John Otieno of Kariobangi Sharks and Samuel Semo of newly promoted KPL side KCB

Four more players including reigning Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Midfielder of the Year Cliff Nyakeya have been included in the initial 23-man Emerging Stars squad ahead of the upcoming Africa U23 Cup of Nations Qualifier against Mauritius.

The Mathare United ace is joined by AFC Leopards midfielder Marvin Omondi, as well as defenders John Otieno of Kariobangi Sharks and Samuel Semo of newly promoted KPL side KCB.

Meanwhile, Ulinzi Stars defender Harun Mwale has been dropped from the squad, that is set to hit camp on Sunday, November 11, in Nairobi.

The match is slated to happen on Wednesday, November 14, at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani, starting 4 pm, with the second leg slated for Sunday, November 18, in Mauritius.

The winner on aggregate will face either of Sudan or Seychelles in the second round, with a third round, which will determine which team graces the Africa U23 Cup of Nations.

Ticket prices for Wednesday’s match have been set at KSh100 Regular and KSh500 VIP, and will be sold on match day at the match venue.

The final U23 AFCON tournament, set to be held in Egypt in November 2019, will act as a qualifier for the 2020 Summer Olympics, with the best three teams gaining automatic qualification.

Emerging Stars Squad

Goalkeepers

Timothy Odhiambo (Ulinzi Stars), Brian Bwire (Kariobangi Sharks)

Defenders

Mike Kibwage (KCB), Lennox Ogutu (Mathare United), Johnstone Omurwa (Mathare United), David Owino (Mathare United), Yussuf Mainge (AFC Leopards), Joseph Okumu (Real Monarchs, USA), John Otieno (Kariobangi Sharks), Samuel Semo (KCB)

Midfielders

Teddy Osok (Sofapaka), Tobias Otieno (Sony Sugar), Ibrahim Shambi (Ulinzi Stars), Abdallah Ahmed (Mathare United), Chrispinus Onyango (KCB), James Mazembe (Kariobangi Sharks), Alwyn Tera (FC Saburtalo, Georgia), Henry Ochieng (Braintree Town, England), Marvin Omondi (AFC Leopards), Cliff Nyakeya (Mathare United)

Forwards

Boniface Mukhekhe (Nakumatt), Piston Mutamba (Sofapaka), Sydney Lokale (Kariobangi Sharks), Jaffari Owiti (AFC Leopards), Jonah Ayunga (Sutton United, England), Ovella Ochieng (Vasalund, Sweden)

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