The Kenya national U18 boys’ team, Junior Stars, coach Salim Babu has provided the provisional squad for the upcoming CECAFA U18 tournament.
The team consists of a blend of school team players and those who participate in various tournaments and FKF-run leagues in the country. An FKFPL contingent of Kariobangi Sharks’ quartet of Stanley Wilson, Mathew Kibiwott, Kelvin Wanyanga, and Evans Aroko, Ulinzi Star’s Lucas Maina, Shabana’s Delphine Omuri and Kakamega Homeboyz’ Ibrahim Wanzala would add much-needed experience.
Additionally, 11 FKFNSL players from Rainbow, Mombasa Star, and Migori Youth will also add experience to the side. KSSSA champions St. Anthony’s and finalists Shanderema School produced 6 and 3 players respectively. Most notably, former St. Anthony’s forward Adrian Kibet who is currently USA-based, and Shanderema duo of Mark Shaban and Kelly Madada.
Kakamega School’s Green Commandos provides 4 players led by captains Jack Ongaya and Clement Kawere. Also, Chapa Dimba tournament stand-out player Derrick Oketch from Ebwali Secondary School makes the squad. The CECAFA U18 tournament kicks off on November 25.
Kenya’s provisional squad; Goalkeepers; Ibrahim Wanzala (Kakamega Homeboyz), David Obasanjo (Migori Youth), Joshua Keya (Rainbow), Salim Andale (Tusker Youth), Benard Maeri (Ruiru Hotstars), Ryan David (Machakos Boys High School).
Defenders; Ely Otieno (Serani), David Wanyama (Serani), Clement Kawere (Green Commandos), Francis Mukutwa Kulongo (Shanderema), Kevin Musambai (St.Anthony), Collins James (Green Commandos), Charles Wesonga (Green Commandos), Brian Abuka (St.Anthony), Baron Otieno (Sofapaka), William Orute (St.Anthony), Brian Yida (Goseta Boys), Joseph Bate (Mofa), Brian Mulembi (Winam), Amos Wanjala (Nastic Sports Academy), Oseph Omondi (Agai Secondary), Jackson Imbiakha (Rainbow), Mansur Okwaro (Rainbow), Jack Ongaya (Green Commandos).
Midfielders; Bily Clinton (Rainbow), Morice Omondi (Usenge Secondary), Haustine Oluoch (Musingu High), Dismas Ongocho (Dagoreti High), Linus Munyau (Raindow), Calvin Akala (Green Commandos), Braxton Ouma (Musingu High), Armstrong Omondi (Alliance High School) Joseph Omuse (St.Anthony), Alvin Kasavuli (Nastic Sports Academy), Kelly Madada (Shanderema), Stanley Wilson (Kariobangi Sharks), Tyron Kariuki (Rainbow), Jacob Otieno (Rainbow), Kelvin Wanyanga (Kariobangi Sharks) Mathew Kibiwot (Kariobangi Sharks), Evans Aroko (Highway Secondary), Bakari Athman (St.Anthony), Amisi Otieno (Goseta), Adrian Kibet (Nastic Sports Academy).
Forwards; Delphine Omuri (Shabana), Shadrack Omondi (Nova Pioneer), George Ogutu (Magadi Secondary), Brian Ogutu (Kisumu Day), Leonel Oduor (Goseta), Headson Bwire (Goseta), Junior Gregory (St.Anthony), Papa Barasa (St.Anthony), Joseph Omondi (Usenge), Fredrick Ochieng (Uefa Despanol), Brian Onyango (Awasi), Lucas Maina (Ulinzi Stars), Inistin Simiyu (St.Joseph), Dennis Wafula (Mwitoti), Luis Ingavi (USA), Ben Saul (Lugusi), Vonicks Odhiambo (Agai Secondary), Mark Shaban (Shanderema), Samuel Odhiambo (Uefa Despanol), Felix Omondi(Agoro Sare), Hosea Kamau (Goseta) Emillio Brian (Migori Youth), Mwanzia Joseph (Mombasa Stars), and Mohammed Adan (Mombasa Stars).