Kenya : Kevin Omondi and Paul Were recalled back to Kampala
International players Kevin Omondi and Paul Were arrived back in Kampala safely on Tuesday night after being pardoned and recalled by the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) to help Harambee Stars in their quest of ending their title drought in the regional tournament currently taking place in Uganda.
Stars coach at the Cecafa Tusker Cup tournament James Nandwa had requested to have back the two players who were sent home last Wednesday for indiscipline if they qualify for semi-finals and his wishes were granted after his side beat Malawi 1-0 to reach the last four.
“Having considered the fact that we are in the semi-finals of the ongoing Tusker Cecafa Cup and the coach does not have many options on the bench, we have decided to recall the two players to the national team,” said FKF Chairman Sam Nyamweya.
He added: “Having named the two in a list of 20 players before the tournament, there is no way we can’t replace them according to the tournament rules and with selected injuries in the team, they would certainly be a boost to the side. They had apologized to the entire for their mistakes and will be keen to steer the national team to glory.”
The duo who had to be rushed to the Nairobi airport to board the next available flight to Entebe after it emerged that Stars were in the semi-finals, arrived in the team’s hotel in Kireka at around midnight and will be part of the team’s training on Wednesday morning at the Kyambogo University grounds as Stars prepare to face Zanzibar in the tournament’s semi-final.
Nyamweya has also awarded the team Ush3 million (Ksh100, 000) for reaching the semi-final. He congratulated the boys and tipped them to go all the way to the final and win the title they last won in 2002.