Ulinzi Stars defender, Omar Mbongi, is in line to earn his first national cap at the expense of regular international Dennis Odhiambo who has a nagging pain on his knee.
The left-back, fairly comfortable at center-back as he showed in the just-concluded 2015 league season, was in for the penny that is the upcoming Cecafa Kagame Cup or act as Odhiambo’s understudy but injury to the Thika United captain has the Soldier grappling for the pound and he is expected to start against Cape Verde in the World Cup qualifier match on Friday (Nov. 12).
Mbongi played in what is expected to be Bobby Williamson’s starting lineup as the team went through their paces on Thursday morning.
Ready to shine
“I am happy I got the opportunity to train with the national team which is already a win for me,” he told FourFourTwoMedia.com.
“There are so many quality players here so all you have to do is train hard and wait for your chance.
“Putting on national team colours is every player’s dream so if I get that chance, I’ll cherish it and give it my all.”
Mbongi made his first team debut for Ulinzi in a league clash against Sony Sugar on November 8, 2014, coming on for Oliver Rutto. They won the match 1-0 in Awendo. The 2015 season however provided him with the platform to shine and so he did as he nailed a regular starting role even in the presence of Mohammed ‘Rio’ Hassan, the club’s de facto center-half.
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