Stars recall Collins Okoth ahead of World Cup qualifier against Namibia
05 September 2013, 13:04
Nairobi - Kenya national football team, Harambee Stars head coach has recalled Collins Okoth to his squad to face Namibia during the 2014 World Cup qualifier on Sunday as his peer Ricardo Manetti stated the visitors are coming for a win.
Amrouche recalled the domestic league champion, Tusker FC midfielder after Belgium based Johanna Omollo, ruled himself out of the squad for personal reasons.
The Stars head coach who is seeking a first win in the qualifiers since taking over the team in February, added Okoth to the squad as one of the players he is looking towards as an integral part of the squad he is seeking to build for the next qualifications campaigns for the 2015 Africa Nations and 2018 World Cup.
"I hope he forms a good partnership in the midfield since he is in my long term plans. It is important for us to have some sort of consistency because I am looking to build a team for the future from the current crop of players," Amrouche told SuperSport.com website.
The Belgian coach conducted his first training session on Tuesday with the entire contingent of local players present.
Okoth was selected for the Stars squad that played as guests in the South Africa regional competition, Cosafa Castle Cup in July but failed to travel due to injury.
Meanwhile, Namibia who are now expected to arrive in Nairobi on Thursday, have set their sights in ensuring that Kenya remains winless in a group that also features Nigeria and Malawi.
Their coach Manetti told the Namibian football federation website that, "It was always going to be a difficult decision to leave out whom and bring in who but finally I have this group and they can and must do the job.
"The plan now is to end the year on a high in terms of competitive games and then see how we do in friendlies."
Namibia squad to play Kenya
Efriam Tjihonge (Black Africa FC), Virgil Vries (Maritzburg United (SA), Maximillian Mbaeva (African Stars FC), Larry Horaeb (Amazulu FC (SA), Chris Katjiukua and Riaan Cloete (both African Stars FC), Willem Mwedihanga, Pineas Jacob and Sadney Urikhob (all Amazulu FC (SA) , Da Costa Angula (Black Africa FC), Denzil Haoseb (Black Africa FC), Tuhafeni Pekka Hamukwaya (Tigers FC), Ananias Gebhardt (Tigers FC), Neville Tjiueza (Tura Magic FC), Denis Tjetjinda, Freedom Puriza and Deon Hotto (all African Stars FC), Emilio Martin (Ramblers FC), Marko van Wyk, Willy Stephanus, Jerome Louis and Roger Katjiteo (All Black Africa FC), Petrus Shitembi (University of Pretoria (SA), Heinrich Isaacks (Maritzburg United, SA).