Miheso superb performances earn national team call up

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Clifton Miheso has been putting on some fine performances of late and his exploits have finally been noticed by the national team technical staff.

Report from goal.com

The 28-year-old player has been handed a recall by head coach Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee to replace Erick Kapaito, who picked up an injury while training with the team on Tuesday.

“We have added Clifton [Miheso] to the squad to face Egypt and eventually the away match against Togo,” FKF media officer Ken Okaka confirmed to Goal on Wednesday.

"Miheso will replace Erick [Kapaito] of Kariobangi Sharks, who pulled a hamstring injury on Tuesday and was released from camp.”

Gor Mahia have also taken to their social media pages to confirm that indeed, Miheso has been given another chance to feature for the national team.

“After a stellar performance in recent matches, winger Cliffton [Miheso] earns a call up to the national team Harambee Stars, Kenneth Muguna; Tito Okello and Jules Ulimwengu are other players with their respective national teams,” read the statement from the club.

On Tuesday, striker Michael Olunga, who will captain the side following the absence of Victor Wanyama, told Goal Olunga the importance of taking a different approach when they take on Egypt and Togo.

“I feel happy to be back home and you know being called to play for the national team is a big honour no player can turn down, and it is a motivation in itself, and I am really humbled to come and help my national team,” Olunga told Goal.

“We know the calibre of teams both Egypt and Togo are, we have played against them before, we drew both matches and I think it will be a different game now because we play Egypt at home and then Togo away [it is our final two games].
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Gor Mahia and Harambee Stars legend Austin Oduor has told the present Harambee stars players that they are capable of beating Egypt
Recounting the 1987 All African Games held in Nairobi where Harambee Stars lost by a solitary goal to Egypt in the finals, Oduor, nicknamed "Makamu", singled out self-belief as the drive that was behind that impressive performance.

"The individual belief is very important in life because it makes one give their best in whatever they do. The players given the chance must individually believe that they can deal with whatever comes their way. They should then agree to play as a team and follow the coach's instructions," said the 58-year-old, who is the father of Kenyan international goalkeeper Arnold Origi.

He called on the local-based players to prove their worth in the two matches if selected.

"If they (local-based players) are given the responsibility, they should use it to show that they are better. There is no big difference between them and the foreign-based players," said Oduor.


In the two matches, coach Mulee will miss the services of Kariobangi Sharks striker Eric Kapaito and defender Joseph Okumu (IF Elfsborg, Sweden) due to injuries.

Kapaito, who had hoped to make his debut in the two assignments, picked up a hamstring injury in camp. Okumu, who was yet to report to camp, suffered an injury while turning out for his side IF Elfsborg.

But Mulee said there is no cause of alarm, noting that there are many players who can fill the positions.

"We are going to miss the services of the two players and of course it leaves a gap, but we still have able replacements. I am happy we have the top defender in East and Central Africa (Joash Onyango), so he will pair up with one of the young players. It is a kind of a new central defence for us,” he said.

Star striker Michael Olunga, who will captain the team in the two assignments, said they are ready for the task.

“Everybody knows what kind of team Egypt is. We expect a good game and I believe the players who have been called into camp are capable and we will give a good fight,” said Olunga, who turns out for Al-Duhail in Qatar.

On Tuesday, the team was treated to a luncheon by their motivational partner – Odibets.

The gaming firm boosted the national’s team preparation for the two matches with a Sh 2.5million donation. This was in addition to the Sh5 million that they gave out on March 8.

Football Kenya Federation president Nick Mwendwa said that they had paid all the allowances to the players for the three weeks they were in camp and that they will fly in a private jet on Saturday ahead of the clash against Togo on Monday.
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