With Harambee Stars, head coach Sebastien Migne naming his squad for the upcoming 2019 African Cup of Nations tournament in Egypt, Futaa looks at the profiles of the players who will represent Kenya in the continental showpiece.
Masoud Juma Choka
DOB: February 3, 1996
Current Club: Free Agent
Previous Clubs: Al Nasr Bengh (Algeria), Dibba Fujairah (UAE), Cape Town City (South Africa), Kariobangi Sharks (Kenya), Sony Sugar FC (Kenya), Bandari FC (Kenya), Shabana FC (Kenya)
If Ovela Ochieng’s inclusion in the Harambee Stars squad generated debate, Masoud’s inclusion was even worse.
Liked and loathed by many, Masoud inclusion in the team having had not been involved in active football in the past six months due to the political turmoil in Algeria had fans angry and the players dropped to accommodate him made it even worse for the man from Isiolo.
Like Paul Were, Masoud has been another journeyman with the striker featuring for seven teams in the past five years.
Controversial on social media and a performer on the pitch, Juma has always proved his prowess with good performances when called to represent the country. Brought to the national team limelight by Stabley Okumbi, the striker gave a performance that received praised from different quarters in Kenya’s last AFCON Qualification match against Ghana when Olunga was injured.
His work rate is tremendous and it is one reason that must have earned him a place in the team. Being a free agent gives his suitors an easy time in acquiring his services should he give a good account of himself in the showpiece.