The Kenyan Premier League KPL All-Star team has been scheduled to travel to Spain to face-off with two of its clubs.
This in line with the partnership agreement entered two months ago between KPL and Spanish La Liga that will have local outfits play against the latter’s clubs periodically.
The team which comprises of the country’s top players, selected from a pool of about 400 players, will face Cordoba FC and Sevilla Atletico. The first game will be on July 19 with the second game coming three days later.
The first game will be on July 19 with the second game coming three days later.
A provisional 20-man squad was named on Monday for the 10-day European tour but head coach Stanley Okumbi has lamented his frustration in selecting the best players.
He noted that some players lacked important and crucial travel documents which automatically denied them selection into the team.
“As usual in Kenya, you find some players don’t have documents despite being really good for selection. I hope Football Kenya Federation will soon be able to help get players’ documents for all players from age group teams to ensure they are available for international duties,” said the coach.
The final 18-man team will be named on Wednesday before the team leaves the country early next week.
La Liga delegate to East Africa Oliver Dodd called the scheduled matches a good chance for Kenyan players to expose their quality of football in Spain.
“We are confident these matches will give exposure to the Kenyan players and it will also give them a chance to play against quality opposition which will most likely help in their development playing for their clubs and national team,” said Dodd.
“We are also glad that a Kenyan team is coming over to Spain and this will give our teams opportunities to come against teams from East Africa, which is a first, ” he added
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa lauded the program, noting that results would manifest soon.
“FKF is delighted to be part of this project and we are here to fully support the program. We appreciate the effort made by La Liga,” said Mwendwa.
KPL All-Star Team Provisional 20-Man Squad
Goalkeepers: Faruk Shikalo (Posta Rangers), Mathias Kigoya (Sofapaka), Peter Odhiambo (Gor Mahia)
Defenders: Timothy Omwenga (Kariobangi Sharks), Maurice Ojwang’ (Western Stima), Robinson Kamura (AFC), Martin Kizza (Tusker), Musa Mohammed (Gor)
Midfielders: Ovella Ochieng, Patilah Omoto (Kariobangi Sharks), Benson Maina (Thika Utd), Boniface Muchiri (Sony Sugar), Clinton Kisiavu (Nakumatt), Jackson Macharia (Tusker), Simon Mbugua (Posta Rangers), Ernest Wendo (Gor), Humphrey Mieno (Tusker)
Forwards: Victor Omondi (Nzoia), Vincent Oburu (AFC), Samuel Onyango (Ulinzi).