ROAD TO BIRMINGHAM

KHU unveils provisional squad for Commonwealth Games

KHU secretary general Wycliffe Ongori said performance will be used to select the final 18 players.

In Summary

•The Blazers pair of Tracy Karanja and Caroline Guchu make a return to the squad and so does Strathmore Scorpions attacking midfielder Gilly Okumu.

•United States International University (USIU-A) Spartans goalkeeper Makena Fiona highlights the goalkeeping department that also includes Lakers' sensation Millicent Adhiambo, Daystar's Maroline Wabomba and Quinter Okore of UoN.

Wolverines' Pauline Ochieng shields the ball from Nelly Adhiambo of Amira Sailors during a KHU Premier League clash at City Park Stadium
Wolverines' Pauline Ochieng shields the ball from Nelly Adhiambo of Amira Sailors during a KHU Premier League clash at City Park Stadium
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The Kenya Hockey Union has named a 30-member provisional squad for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games scheduled for July.

The Blazers pair of Tracy Karanja and Caroline Guchu make a return to the squad and so does Strathmore Scorpions attacking midfielder Gilly Okumu. The trio were overlooked during the African Nations Championship in Tunisia.

United States International University (USIU-A) Spartans goalkeeper Makena Fiona highlights the goalkeeping department that also includes Lakers' sensation Millicent Adhiambo, Daystar's Maroline Wabomba and Quinter Okore of UoN.

Six defenders will battle it out for the final 18 slots that will be announced prior to the tournament. Captain Rhoda Kuira is a sure bet to make the squad. Blazers have eight players in the team while Spartans (6) and Kisumu-based Lakers (5) also enjoy a fair share of the slots.

KHU secretary general Wycliffe Ongori said performance will be used to select the final 18 players. He was non-committal to when the team will report to training camp.

"The team was supposed to report to camp on Tuesday last week but there was no development. We are waiting for communication from the National Olympics Committee of Kenya (NOCK) to give us the go ahead to join camp," Ongori said.

"All the players in the team have equal chance but it will all be about performance."

Full squad:

Goalkeepers

Makena Fiona (USIU-A), Okore Quinter (UON), Wabomba Maroline (Daystar), Adhiambo Millicent (Lakers). 

Defenders

Mbugua Beatrice (USIU-A), Lynn Mumbi (USIU-A), Mutiva Flavia (Blazers), Akoth Beverly (Blazers), Awino Diana (Strathmore), Onyango Vivian (Lakers), Anjao Joan (Blazers). 

Midfielders

Kipsanga Tamunai (Strathmore), Osare Jeriah (Strathmore), Makokha Grace (USIU-A), Tracy Karanja (Blazers), Omwandho Leah (Amira), Jemutai Elsie (Daystar), Odhiambo Nicole (Strathmore), Ochieng Gaudencia (KU). 

Midfielders/ Forwards

Kuria Rhoda (USIU-A), Guchu Caroline (Blazers), Eleanor Chebet  (Blazers), Kemunto Naomi (USIU-A), Okumu Gilly (Strathmore), Okumu Maureen (Blazers), Ochieng Pauline (DFG), Owiti Maureen (Lakers), Owiti Alice (Lakers). 

Strikers

Akoth Grace (Blazers), Opondo Aurelia (Lakers). 

Editing by Tony Mballa