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Kenya: Defender Kirenge Hopes Taifa Stars Call Up Can Spur His Chances at Tusker


Nairobi — Tanzanian international Kalos Protus Kirenge hopes that his recall to the Taifa Stars squad will be the catalyst he needs to win back a starting spot at his team Tusker FC ahead of the new FKF Premier League campaign.

The lanky Tanzanian, signed from Namungo FC by the brewers last season has been handed a recall to the Taifa Stars squad, alongside striker Ibrahim Joshua, ahead of the next international window where they are set to play Libya.

Kirenge found playing time tough to come by at Tusker despite kicking off the season as a starter, as the stonewall partnership between Charles Momanyi and Christopher Oruchum was tough to separate.

And now, with Oruchum heading in opposite direction to his former club Namungo, Kirenge hopes the window of opportunity, coupled with his national team recognition will give him a chance in Robert Matano’s starting team.

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“The call up to the national team motivates me and when I come back to the club, I will keep working hard and this will definitely push me to try and get into the starting team,” the defender noted.

He added; “I am really delighted and motivated to be called up to the national team, It gives me a lot of morale and I want to go there and represent my country to the best of my ability. They understand my contribution to the nation and they know that a guy called Kirenge exists. Thatis really encouraging.”

The lanky defender was a sure starter at the beginning of last season and played in all their continental matches. However, a chop and change at the back by Matano found a solid partnership between Momanyi and Oruchum and the coach didn’t look back.