Kenya U20 National team coach Stanley Okumbi has named the squad for the upcoming CECAFA U20 Championships, to be played from Sunday, November 22, to December 2, 2020, in Arusha, Tanzania.
The team primarily includes players who played for the Kenya U17 team at the 2019 Africa U17 Cup of Nations Qualifiers, and the Union of North African Federations (UNAF) U17 tournament in Egypt in 2019. Among them are Maxwell Mulili, Boniface Mwangemi, Alphonse Omija, Kevinton Machika, and Nicholas Omondi.
Also included in the squad are Chapa Dimba na Safaricom hotshots Enoch Wanyama and Benson Omala.
The team built up their preparations for CECAFA with five friendlies in which their first friendly they lost to Kibera Black Stars 4-2, won 3-1 and 2-1 respectively in back to back friendlies against Sudan drew with Gor Mahia 0-0, won against KCB 2-1 and lost today to AFC 3-2
The Rising Stars have been pooled in Group C of the tournament alongside Ethiopia and Sudan of the regional showpiece.
Rising Stars Squad
Maxwell Mulili, Brian Opondo
Boniface Mwangemi, Collins Sichenje, Kelvin Mose, Alphonse Omija, Frank Odhiambo, Lewis Bandi, Fredrick Alushula.
Steiner Musasia, Nicholas Omondi, Enoch Wanyama, Ronald Reagan, Alphonse Washe, Mathew Mwendwa, Simon Omondi, Lesly Otieno,Hillary Odhiambo, Ian Simiyu, Ronald Shichenje.
Benson Omala, Kevinton Machika, Henry Meja, Sellasie Otieno.