Mandela tipped to shine in Egypt
SEE ALSO :Oliech: Please Migne, give Were a chanceSouth Africa-based defender Brian Mandela has been one of the key players at Stars' back proving dependable every time he got a chance to feature. Such has been his commitment in this qualifier that he took the bullet for the team and had to miss Stars famous 1-0 win over Ghana in Nairobi after being suspended in the first qualifier. Musa Otieno, the last captain to lead Harambee Stars to the Africa Cup of Nations finals in 2004, believes Mandela will have a successful campaign in this year’s tournament. “He is a leader at the back and works very hard. Despite being soft-spoken, you always feel his presence or absence in the team. He commands the rest and is very disciplined," said Otieno. “Furthermore, he brings quite a lot in the team. With his physique, the aerial balls will be taken care of. Whoever he has been partnering with; either Musa Mohammed or Joash Onyango; it has been a successful partnership and one that should continue in Egypt."
SEE ALSO :AFCON: ‘Marcelo’ back in squadHe boasts two goals in the 22 matches he has featured for Stars since his debut. The former Mbotela Kamaliza defender started his career in the SportPesa Premier League (SPL) in 2010 with Posta Rangers before joining Tusker one year later. He moved to South Africa in 2012 joining Santos in the Premier Soccer League (SPL) for three seasons.
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