Twenty-five Kenyan Premier League players make up a provisional 31-man Harambee Stars squad called up on Thursday by coach Bobby Williamson for a friendly international against Morocco.
The match will be held in Marrakech on October 13.
Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards, Tusker and Sofapaka have contributed the bulk of the players while Sony Sugar, Mathare United and KRA and Bandari are also well represented.
Tusker goalkeeper Samuel Odhiambo and his Mathare United counterpart have earned their maiden call ups.
Youngster Anthony Ndolo, who has been sensational for Sofapaka with his six goals this season, has also made it to the list together with KRA jewel Geoffrey Kataka, while Gor Mahia’s hyper talented new forward Timothy Otieno has received a second call up. Nelson Simwa (West Kenyan) and Anthony Ndungu (Liberty) also made the provisional cut.
Williamson said his decision was informed by the need to nurture local talent.
“Nurturing local talent is the way to go if we are to better our football standards in the long term. I am looking to balance youth with experience and I believe it will work,” Williamson told kpl.co.ke.
Williamson has also included four foreign-based players namely Arnold Origi (Lilestrom, Norway), Victor Wanyama (Southampton, England), Ayub Timbe (SK Lierse, Belgium) and Allan Wanga (El Merreikh, Sudan). They will link up with the final Marrakech tour party on October 8.
Harambee Stars provisional squad. Goalkeepers: Jerim Onyango, Wilson Obungu, Samuel Odhiambo, Arnold Origi, Robert Mboya. Defenders: Aboud Omar, Edwin Wafula, David Owino, Sammy Meja, Athman Buki, Jackson Saleh, Charles Odette, Dennis Odhiambo. Midfielders: Osborne Monday, Humphrey Mieno, Anthony Ndolo, Anthony Ndungu, Danson Kago, Timothy Otieno, Victor Wanyama. Forwards: Noah Wafula, Harrison Mwendwa, Victor Ndinya, Jesse Were , Geoffrey Kataka, Enock Agwanda, Nelson Simwa, Tim Wanyonyi, Clifford Alwanga, Ayub Timbe, Allan Wanga.