Last-minute savior? Kenya Police winger receives late Harambee Stars call up amid injury crisis

Last-minute savior? Kenya Police winger receives late Harambee Stars call up amid injury crisis

Festus Chuma 16:06 - 08.06.2024

Kenya Police FC winger has been called up to Harambee Stars amid injury crises affecting key players before crucial match.

Kenya Police FC winger David Okoth Odhiambo has been thrust into the national spotlight with a late call-up to Harambee Stars.

The decision came as coach Engin Firat grapples with injuries and fitness concerns within his squad ahead of a crucial 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

Okoth will join the national team in Lilongwe, Malawi as they prepare to face Ivory Coast on June 11 at the Bingu National Stadium.

The talented winger, who joined Kenya Police FC at the start of last season, has been a key player in the team's lineup.

Despite a challenging first season marred by injuries, Odhiambo has bounced back to play nearly every match this season, contributing significantly with five goals and four assists.

His journey to the national team has been nothing short of inspirational.

Starting his football career at Nyadhi Primary School and later at Ambira High School, Odhiambo moved through the ranks of local clubs, including a stint at Nzoia Sugar, before making his mark at Kakamega Homeboyz.

His performance during the 2021/22 FKF Premier League season was particularly notable, when he helped Homeboyz to a close second-place finish, narrowly missing the championship by a four-goal margin to Tusker FC.

Odhiambo's call-up follows that of AFC Leopards' Clifton Miheso and Sofapaka’s Baron Ochieng who were roped in to bolster the squad's depth and versatility.

Harambee Stars are under pressure to secure a win against Ivory Coast following a disappointing draw with Burundi on Friday, June 7.

The match held in Malawi due to the lack of a FIFA-accredited stadium in Kenya saw Harambee Stars relinquish a late lead ending in a 1-1 stalemate.

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