McDonald Mariga returns for Kenya friendlies

McDonald Mariga returns for Kenya friendlies
From ESPN - March 10, 2018

Interim Kenya coach Stanley Okumbi has recalled McDonald Mariga to the Harambee Stars squad for the East Africans' upcoming international friendlies, with the injury-prone midfielder set to feature alongside his brother Victor Wanyama.

Kenya are set to face the Comoros and the Central African Republic later this month in friendly fixtures, and the coach is keen to assess his strongest side ahead of the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers later this year.

"I have named a strong team," Okumbi told KwesESPN, "because I want to see what all these players can give during these two games that will be played in Morocco."

Reigning CECAFA Cup Kenya are set to meet the Comoros in Marrakech on March 24 in Marrakech, before battling the CAR at the same venue three days later.

Mariga has battled injury concerns through his career, and has not featured for the Stars since 2012. He's featured for the likes of Internazionale, Parma and Real Sociedad, but has made nine appearances in the Segunda Division this term.

"We decided that we give Mariga a chance as he is now getting enough playing time with Spain's Real Oviedo," added Okumbi.

His return afford Kenya the chance to employ powerful duo Mariga and Wanyama alongside each other in the heart of the park.

Also included is in-form Michael Olunga, who made history by scoring a hat-trick in Girona's 6-0 victory over Las Palmas in La Liga earlier this year, while China-based Ayub Timbe is also included.


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