NAIROBI, Kenya- The congested fixture list of SportPesa Premier League champions, Gor Mahia FC is the reason Harambee Stars head coach, Sébastien Migné, omitted them from his preliminary squad of local players who trained with the new boss on Tuesday.
Social media erupted in uproar when the Frenchman named his first team since being hired with Gor players conspicuous in their absence.
However, the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has clarified K’Ogalo players are a huge part of the former Congo Brazzaville head coach plans despite their omission from his first training session at Nairobi’s Camp Toyoyo ground.
“The proper squad will be named on Thursday. It will even incorporate Gor Mahia players. The early call-ups were made bearing in mind that Gor has a congested calendar as they played Hull City FC on Sunday and has a CAF Confederations Cup match against USM Alger of Algeria on Wednesday.
“We therefore saw it fit to let Gor Mahia players rest so they can focus on the continental game ahead,” FKF Communication Officer, Barry Otieno, told SportPesa News.
Migné had a session with 25 local based players that included Posta Rangers FC goal keeper, Patrick Matasi, whose heroics steered the country to the 2017 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup against Zanzibar Heroes at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos last December.
Gor arch rivals, AFC Leopards SC, dominated the provisional list with defenders Yusuf Mainge, Michael Kibwage and Robinson Kamura as well as midfielders; captain Dancun Otieno, Marvin Omondi and Whyvonne Isuza listed in the squad.
Former Gor captain, Musa Mohammed, who terminated his contract with Albanian side, KF Tirana, last month and is currently unattached is also on Migne’s temporary line-up.
“This is the first of many training sessions we shall have, with an aim of assessing the players to identify potential for the final national team call-ups,” Migne underlined.
The team held two training sessions ahead of upcoming international friendly matches that will prepare Stars for the African Nations Cup qualifiers which resumes in September.
HARAMBEE STARS PROVISIONAL SQUAD
John Oyemba (Kariobangi Sharks), Timothy Odhiambo (Ulinzi Stars), Patrick Matasi (Posta Rangers).
Yusuf Mainge (AFC Leopards), Bolton Omwenga (Kariobangi Sharks), David Owino (Mathare United), Dennis Shikhayi (AFC Leopards), Michael Kibwage (AFC Leopards), Jockins Atudo (Posta Rangers), Johnstone Omurwa (Mathare United), Geoffrey Shiveka (Kariobangi Sharks), Moses Mudavadi (St Anthony Kitale), Robinson Kamura (AFC Leopards), Musa Mohamed (Unattached), Eric Ouma (KF Tirana, Albania).
Chrispin Oduor (Mathare United), Vincent Wasambo (Kariobangi Sharks), Cliff Nyakeya (Mathare United), Robert Arot (Nakuru All-Stars), Patillah Omotto (Kariobangi Sharks), Duncan Otieno (AFC Leopards), Marvin Omondi (AFC Leopards), Whyvonne Isuza (AFC Leopards), Jafari Odenyi (AFC Leopards).
Elvis Rupia (Nzoia Sugar), Pistone Mutamba (Wazito FC), Ovella Ochieng (Kariobangi Sharks).