Kenya’s recent football revelation from Spain, Ismail Said Athuman Gonzalez, is ready to lead from the front when he appears for Harambee Stars.
The mid-fielder currently plays for Second Division (Segunda B) side CP Cacereno, on loan from his parent club, CD Las Palmas. The 21-year-old was born and bred in Spain to a Spanish mother and a Kenyan father.
Harambee Stars coach Stanley Okumbi has included the youngster in his initial 29-man squad for upcoming international friendly matches against Sudan on May 27 and Tanzania on May 29.
“I am very happy to be here and to meet my new teammates. These are very good players who have very good techniques and are also very quick on the ball. The competition is very tough because they play very physical football here,” Ismail told a local daily in Nairobi.
“My father spoke to me about playing for Kenya and when the invitation came, it was an easy decision to make. It is great to play for the country where my father comes from. I want to work hard every day and help this team,” added Ismail.
Ismail joined the CD Las Palmas academy at the age of five.
Another talent that caught the eye of coach Okumbi is Bruce Kamau who is based in Australia. Kamau recently signed for Melbourne City from Australian League champions Adelaide United, is yet to commit, with Australia national team looking interested to cap him.
Bruce was born in Kenya on March 28, 1995, but moved to Australia when he was four years old.