October 30, 2021 Patrick Korir

Maloba, ‘Shitu’ in for Posta Rangers clash

City Stars midfielder Oliver Maloba on the ball in a 7th round Premier League tie against Posta Rangers at Kasarani on Fri 8 Jan 2021. The game ended 1-1

From the squad that hit Bidco United 2-0 on Sunday 24 October 2021, head coach Nicholas Muyoti has made two changes ahead of the next assignment against Posta Rangers at the Thika Stadium on Saturday 30 October starting 1 pm. 

Stopper Salim Shitu Abdalla, who missed the last two games against Wazito and Bidco United, has returned to the squad and is in line to face his former employers Rangers.

Also coming into the squad, for the first time this season, is ball player Oliver Maloba who had been nursing an injury.

Maloba missed the final six premier league games last season due to Kenya U23 team duty out in Ethiopia from where he returned with a thigh injury.

Shitu and Maloba take up the slots of Edwin Buliba and Charles Otieno who were part and parcel of the lot that faced Wazito and Bidco United.

From the squad that drew with Posta Rangers in the penultimate game of last season, and left it late to draw 2-2, the changes are seven.

Other than Otieno and Buliba, the other players who were in the squad then but will miss out include goalkeeper Elvis Ochoro as well as left-footed Herit Mungai.

Bolton Omwenga who started the game has since left the club while Ebrima Sanneh and John Kamau who came on as substitutes for Kevin Okumu and Davis Agesa, respectively, were not picked for the game.

Maloba is one of the new faces in the game besides keeper Jacob Osano who is in for Ochoro, overall skipper and utility fullback Calvin Masawa, as well as striker Vincent Otieno Okoth aka Jamaica. 

Newcomers Michael Madoya, left-back Dennis Decha Wanjala, and stopper Lennox Ogutu complete the changes.

20-man squad to face Posta Rangers

Goalkeepers: 16. Jacob Osano, 23. Steve Njunge

Defenders: 4. Salim Abdalla,8. Calvin Masawa, 19. Kevin Okumu, 25. Kenedy Onyango, 26. Dennis Wanjala, 27. Lennox Ogutu

Midfielders: 2. Elvis Noor Ojiambo,  21. Oliver Maloba,  5. Mike Madoya, 7. Rodgers Okumu, 18. Sven Yidah, 20. Timothy Ouma, 30. Anthony Kimani

Strikers: 9. Vincent Otieno Okoth, 11. Davis Agesa, 17. Nicholas Kipkirui, 24. Erick Ombija, 32. Ezekiel Odera

Not considered: 6. Ronney Kola, 22. Wycliffe Otieno (both injured) 1. Elvis Ochoro,  10. Peter Opiyo,  12. Edwin Buliba, 14. Rowland Makati, 15. John Kamau, 28. Herit Mungai, 29. Ebrima Sanneh, 3. Charles Otieno

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