Harambee Stars coach Adel Amrouche has called up four more players as he angles for this year’s Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (Cecafa) Senior Challenge Cup title.
The latest call-ups are KCB’s Brian Osumba who was this week named Kenyan Premier League midfielder of the year, Sofapaka’s James Situma and the league’s second-highest scorer Jesse Were of Tusker.
Thika United winger Cliffton Miheso also caught Amrouche’s eye as Stars prepare for their opener against an improved Ethiopian side at Nyayo Stadium on Wednesday.
Amrouche will be aiming to improve of Kenya’s performance at last year’s edition when they finished second to hosts Uganda under assistant coach James Nandwa.
After their expected thriller against Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia, the Stars will play Zanzibar and South Sudan.
This came as Kenya Footballers Welfare Association boss Nicholas Muyoti expressed optimism that Kenya could snatch the title this year.
Muyoti who was part of the Stars’ squad that won the tournament 12 years ago in Tanzania noted that the match against Ethiopia would be tough but was optimistic that Kenya can still win, especially with support from local fans.
Ethiopia, who were at the Nations Cup in South Africa, narrowly missed out on a 2014 World Cup.
The former AFC Leopards assistant coach noted that the players will be motivated to perform well in order remain in Amrouche’s plans for 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers next year.
“The team has the best talent. Our reparations have not been the best but we have a realistic chance to clinch it with support from local football fans,” Muyoti said.