Revealed: Engin Firat hands maiden Harambee Stars call up to Exeter City defender

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STARS ABROAD Revealed: Engin Firat hands maiden Harambee Stars call up to Exeter City defender

Imran Otieno 06:30 - 06.10.2023

Exeter City who ply their trade in the English League One released a statement confirming the defender’s call-up to the Harambee Stars.

With just 10 days to the much anticipated friendly against 2018 FIFA World Cup hosts Russia, Harambee Stars head coach Engin Firat has handed Vincent Harper his maiden call up to the squad.

The provisional squad is yet to be made public but the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) wrote to Exeter City to request the release of Harper during the upcoming October international break.

Exeter City who ply their trade in the English Football League (EFL) League One (third-tier) released a statement confirming Harper’s call up to the Harambee Stars.

“Congratulations to Vince Harper who was today selected to represent Football Kenya Federation for the first time!

“Vinnie is in the squad for their international friendly against Russia on October 16!” read the statement from Exeter City.

The 23-year-old was delighted to earn the call up as he reacted to the club’s official statement with two heart emojis as the club’s fans sent their congratulatory messages in plenty.

Harper is a versatile player who can either be deployed as a left back or a left winger and has had to work his way to the top after playing in a number of English lower league teams.

He started out his career at the Bristol City academy, a club that is home to another Kenyan defender Zak Vyner and had a number of loan spells to non-league English sides.

The diminutive left back was shipped out on loan to Gloucester, Weston-super-Mare AFC, both of which included two separate loan stints, and Bath City.

Harper was then released by Bristol City in 2021 and joined Chippenham who were in the National League South, the sixth tier of English football.

The deal only lasted for a month before he completed a transfer to Eastleigh where he made 71 appearances for the side, scoring six goals and providing no assists.

Back in July, Harper again packed his bags as this time Exeter was his destination and has featured in all but three games for Exeter this season.

He has been a vital cog in the Exeter wheel and has been missed when not selected, evidenced by the 9-0 whalloping by Reading in the Carabao Cup.

The pacey left back was born in Nairobi, Kenya but soon after moved to England and was eligible for Harambee Stars despite playing for England C against Wales back in March 2023.