Unveiled: Kenyan All-Stars to Battle It Out Against Top EPL Team

It’s been billed as one of the matches of the year – and were not yet even into February. For the first time in Kenya’s history, a select group of footballers will be taking on a team from the English Premier League – arguably the world’s most popular league championship.

The Sportpesa All-Stars – comprised of players from different corners of the country has finally been named, and for all of the players, the opportunity of a lifetime awaits. Not just to play against a team that regularly goes against the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal every weekend, but also the chance to show and prove and maybe impress scouts and coaches. Who knows – this could be the platform for the next Victor Wanyama or Michael Olunga to rise up and show what they have.

Less than a year since venturing into professional football teen player, Joshua Otieno of Sony Sugar has received a call up to the squad. He I’ll join 17 other players that also impressed, following two weeks of rigorous training and evaluation.
The AllStars team will play Hull City in a friendly match on February 27 at KCOM stadium in the UK.

Other notable names on the list include James Situma of Tusker, his colleagues Allan Wanga, Humphrey Mieno, David Okello and Osborne Monday. Tusker had the highest number of players in the team with a total of five.

Gor Mahia, whose players joined the training camp a week later, had two players – Amos Nondi and Harun Shakira – on the final list.

Rival team AFC Leopards also has two players in the AllStars final list – Robinson Kamura and Harun Nyaka.

The rest of the team includes:

Patrick Matasi (Posta)

Wesley Onguso(Western Stima),

Cliff Kasuti (Ulinzi)

David Kingatwa (Bandari)

Chris Oruchum (Thika United)

John Makwata (Ulinzi)

Geoffrey Kataka (Posta)

The 18 were part of an initial team of 47 which was picked last year following two weeks  of talent scouting by visiting Hull City coaches in November.

Sportpesa CEO Ronald Karauri says: “The coaches who made the trip to Kenya from Hull City have led the players through their sessions, working on the technical skills and overall match preparedness. From my converstaions with the coaches the selection of these 18 players has not been an easy task since all the 47 players who joined the camp have shown their technical prowess.”

This is the start of what could be a great partnership between Kenya and EPL side Hull. Here’s hoping the boys get to take full advantage of all the exposure the game will give them!

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