SportPesa All-Star Kenyan team for Hull friendly named
The SportPesa All-Star team that will to take on English Premier League side Hull City in a friendly match on February 27 was unveiled on Saturday afternoon at the Moi International Sports Complex.
The 18-member team will be the first Kenyan football team ever to play an English Premier League club.
Among the standout selection in the team is Joshua Otieno of Sony Sugar who hardly a year after venturing into professional football has gotten the break of his career.
The midfielder is among the 18 players drawn from the SportPesa Premier League that have made it to the final squad after two weeks of rigorous training and evaluation.
Other notable names in the final squad are Tusker skipper James Situma, his colleagues Allan Wanga, Humphrey Mieno, David Okello and Osborne Monday, making Tusker the club with the highest number of players in the team.
Gor Mahia, whose players joined the training camp a week later, have two players, Amos Nondi and Harun Shakava, same as AFC Leopards who have Robinson Kamura and Harun Nyaka.
Other SPL players who will make the trip to Hull City are Patrick Matasi (Posta Rangers), Wesley Onguso (Western Stima), Cliff Kasuti (Ulinzi Stars), David Kingatwa (Bandari), Chris Oruchum (Thika United), Moses Odhiambo (Sofapaka), John Makwata (Ulinzi Stars) and Geoffrey Kataka (Posta Rangers).
The Technical Bench will include team manager Neville Pudo and head coach Stanley Okumbi.
FKF President Nick Mwendwa congratulated the team and wished them well and urged them to beat Hull City.
“The coaches who made the trip to Kenya from Hull City have led the players through their sessions, working on the technical skills and overall match preparedness. From my conversations with the coaches the selection of these 18 players has not been an easy task since all the 47 players who joined the camp have shown their technical prowess,” said SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri.