CECAFA U20: Okumbi trims squad, as groups for tourney are released

The Kenya U20 national team head coach Stanley Okumbi has trimmed his squad from 41 to 28 as the 2019 CECAFA U20 Tournament approaches, with the team pooled in Group B of the competition.

In the tournament, set to be staged in Uganda starting September 21, Kenya U20 has been pooled alongside Ethiopia, Tanzania and Zanzibar in Group B.

Cut down

With a week to go, Okumbi has slashed down the team to a manageable size, with a few more players set to be dropped as the tournament approaches.

Goalkeepers Kevin Ouru and Issa Emoria have been dropped, leaving the coach with Kariobangi Sharks’ Brian Bwire and Wazito FC’s Bixente Lizarazu.

Richard Odada of Red Star Belgrade has also been dropped as is Arnold Onyango of Mathare United.

The team is set to resume for residential training on Sunday 15 September after the second week of Kenyan Premier League (KPL) action, and third round of National Super League (NSL) action.

Pools

Group A: Uganda, Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti

Group BKenya, Ethiopia, Zanzibar, Tanzania

Group C: Burundi, South Sudan, Somalia

Provisional team

Goalkeepers: Brian Bwire (Kariobangi Sharks), Bixente Otieno (Wazito)

Defenders: Alphonce Otieno (Gor Mahia), Collins Shichenje (AFC Leopards), Boniface Onyango (Kariobangi Sharks), Alvin Ochieng (Kisumu All-Stars), Brian Wepo (Nzoia Sugar), Boniface Mwangemi (Dagoretti High School), John Otieno (Kakamega Homeboyz), Tom Teka (Kariobangi Sharks), Levian Ochieng (Nairobi Stima)

Midfielders: Joshua Nyatini (Wazito), Fidel Origa (Western Stima), Musa Masika (Wazito), John Njuguna (Ulinzi Stars), Peter Oudo (Kariobangi Sharks), Austin Ochieng (AFC Leopards), Alvin Mang’eni (Nairobi Stima), Steve Otieno (Kisumu All-Stars), Chris Owino (FC Talanta), Enock Wanyama (Ligi Ndogo), Erick Kinuthia (KCB), Tonny Kegode (Gor Mahia Youth)

Forwards: Sydney Lokale (Kariobangi Sharks), Abraham Dawo (Kenya Police), Benson Omala (Western Stima), Ronald Shichenje (Aspire Academy), Kevinton Machika (Kariobangi Sharks)