Okumbi: One DM is the Way to Go

Former Harambee Stars head coach, Bobby Williamson claimed in September last year that Kenya didn’t have enough creative midfielders as his side prepared to take on Zambia in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier match in Nairobi.

Whether that played a part in Stars’ 2-1 loss to the Chipolopolo remains a mystery but the Scotsman is long gone and his job has been entrusted to local lad Stanley Okumbi.

An eyebrow-raising pick it was but the former Mathare United boss will take charge of his first match when Stars play Guinea-Bissau tonight from 7pm EAT.

And unlike Williamson who specifically said that Kenya ‘lacks creative midfielders’ Okumbi says he has too many players in that department.

“Over the years we have tended to play with two defensive midfielders especially when playing away and the results haven’t been good,” said the youthful manager.

“It’s one of the things I want to change and you can see with the squad that traveled to Bissau that we have very few defensive midfielders. Competition is high on the attacking midfield but whoever impresses will get his chance.”

Okumbi made true his word with captain Victor Wanyama the only defence-minded player in the squad that will be taking on Guinea-Bissau on Wednesday evening. 

Related: Wanyama, Omotto Start against Bissau

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