As expected, Kenyan Premier League players make the majority of the 30-man Kenya Under- 20 team called up for the African Championship qualifier against Tanzania.
The junior Kenya side has 20 KPL players, many prominent and promising.
Gor Mahia forward Timmonah Wanyonyi is set to make his debut with the Under-20 side barely a month after he was called to represent Harambee Stars in an international friendly match against Sudan that however aborted.
Wanyonyi's teammates Haron Shakava and Herbert Kompany have also been called up to the team, and will join a quality looking squad that assembles on Sunday at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani for a training camp.
Michael Olunga, who has been in impressive form for Thika United since his departure from Tusker at the start of the season, has also been handed a called up, as has Patillah Omotto, the Bandari midfielder who was dropped by AFC Leopards last season. He will be joined by teammate David King’atua.
Other prominent faces in the list are Mathare United’s Eric Johanna and defender Sammy Meja from Thika and Top Fry Nakuru’s 18-year-old rising star John Ndirangu, who scored a brace on Saturday in their 2-0 league win against Gor Mahia.
Lower tier league side Kariobangi Sharks is represented by defender Geoffrey Shiveka.
Thika United’s John Kamau will coach the team while Ken Odhiambo will be his assistant.
The junior Stars will be hoping to build on their impressive performance of last year, when they reached the finals of the Confederation of South African Federations (Cosafa) tournament staged in Lesotho.
Kenya Under-20 squad: Goalkeepers - Peter Odhiambo (Mathare United), Farouk Sikhalo (Tusker), Bonface Baraza (Rangers). Defenders - Vincent Omumbo (Thika United), Geoffrey Shiveka (Sharks), Bonface Mwangi (Liberty/Supa Loaf), Sammy Meja (Thika United), Haroun Shakava (Gor Mahia), Bonface Osolo (Western Stima), Robert Mukenyu (Mukumu Boys), Derrick Mwisheni ( Mukumu Boys), Abdiweli Farah Dahir (Berlin). Midfielders - Patillah Omoto (Bandari), Anthony Mbugua (Liberty), Jackson Macharia ( Thika United), Michael Kyalo ( Thika United), Eric Johana (Mathare United), David King’atua (Thika United), Victor Ndinya (Bandari), Duncan Otieno (AFC Leopards). Strikers - Timmonah Wanyonyi (Gor Mahia), Herbert Kompany (Gor Mahia), Michael Olunga ( Thika United), Timothy Luda (Thika United), Dennis Dodi (AFC Leopards), John Nairuka (Thika United), Simon Mburu (UK Academy), Anthony Nyaoga (Bolton Wanderers, UK), John Ndirangu (Top Fry Nakuru), Erastus Mwaniki (Top Fry Nakuru).