SportPesa Premier League All Stars on Wednesday 19th May evening faced Spanish second division side Cordoba Club de Fútbol at the Estadio el Mauli in Antequera City, Spain.
The event comes as the first of many programmes lined up under a recently signed partnership between La Liga and Kenyan Premier League. The Spanish La Liga officials explained that their vision is to improve the general management of the KPL as well as its clubs so that they can be more professional and profitable.
Harambee Stars coach Stanley Okumbi, who is handling the All Stars team, has hailed KPL for making the initiative possible, saying that the players stood to have gained some valuable exposure and experience from the Spain tour.
“Our aim as the Kenyan team is to bring these players together and equip them with the necessary experience and skills that will help them in future engagements such as CHAN (African Nations Championships).”
“Winning would be nice, but the bigger objective is to help these players gain exposure and experience that will help them in future engagements. Most of them are below 23 years, which means they are the future of the national team,” Okumbi said.
Despite the Harambee Stars Coach been optimistic about the match, Kenyan All Stars ended up in 4-0 loss to the host Cordoba Club. However, this was still beneficial to the Kenyan team as they had a lot of experience to carry home after the match.
However this could have been a break through match for the Spanish team who finished tenth in the division two league last season played in the Spanish la Liga in 2014-2015 but were relegated after they finished at the bottom.
The next match for the Kenyan All Stars has been scheduled on Saturday, 22 July 2017 against Sevilla Atlético, which will kick off at 10pm.
Previous to this, the last Kenyan game was on February this year where All Stars fell 1-2 to Hull City Tigers Select been their first tour to Europe where they made history as the first Kenyan side to play in an English Premier League venue, the KCOM Stadium.
In addition to the Kenyan squad were the SPL Governing Council members, FKF Officials, and representatives from SportPesa, who remained in Madrid where they attended a two-day Seminar at the La Liga Seminar.
SportPesa Premier League All Stars squad;
Goalkeepers – Matthias Kigonya (Sofapaka), Boniface Oluoch (Gor Mahia);
Defenders – Robinson Kamura (AFC Leopards), Musa Mohammed (Gor Mahia), Simon Mbugua (Posta Rangers), Maurice Ojwang’ (Western Stima), Wesley Onguso (Sofapaka); Midfielders – Benson Iregi (Thika United), Clinton Kisiavuki (Nakumatt), Jackson Macharia (Tusker), Victor Majid (AFC Leopards), Boniface Muchiri (Tusker), Ovella Ochieng’ (Kariobangi Sharks), Patillah Omoto (Kariobangi Sharks), Ernest Wendo (Gor Mahia);
Forwards – Vincent Oburu (AFC Leopards), Victor Omondi (Nzoia Sugar), Samuel Onyango (Ulinzi Stars)