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Victor Wanyama, Brian Mandela boost Harambee Stars camp

FOOTBALL By - GILBERT WANDERA | June 2nd 2013

By GILBERT WANDERA

Celtic midfielder Victor Mugubi Wanyama and South Africa-based Brian Mandela have joined the national team Harambee Stars residential camp in Naivasha ahead of Wednesday’s crucial World Cup qualifier against Nigeria.

The two joined the team yesterday morning just in time for the first training session at the Oserian Complex in Naivasha.

Harambee Stars’ head of delegation Hussein Terry said the arrival of the two has boosted morale in the camp.

He also confirmed that David Gateri and Arnold Origi have also joined camp though they are not eligible to play in the Wednesday fixture. Gateri, who is based in South Africa, is injured while Origi, Kenya’s number one goalkeeper is serving a one-match suspension after picking two consecutive yellow cards.

“Gateri is still nursing a groin injury and his presence with that of Origi has done wonders to lift morale in camp,” said Terry.

Terry has also thanked President Uhuru Kenyatta for his gesture of promising cash incentives if Stars gun down the Super Eagles.

President Kenyatta has promised Sh3 million to the Stars if they win while Nairobi Senator Gideon ‘Sonko’ Mbuvi, has pledged Sh1 million for a win and Sh200,000 for each goal scored.

Stars are expected in Nairobi this afternoon and will tomorrow visit a children’s home in the Capital City. The team may also be treated to lunch by President Uhuru Kenyatta though this is yet to be confirmed.

Elsewhere, CAF President Issa Hayatou is expected in Nairobi for the June 5 World Cup qualifier in Nairobi.

The CAF President has been invited to Nairobi by Football Kenya Federation (FKF) and will be one of the high profile guests at the match.

His presence in the country will be significant and comes at a time the FKF has built a close working relationship with the continental body.

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