The absence of Kenyan international defender Pascal Ochieng from AFC Leopards' training sessions is a subject of concern for the club’s hierarchy.
The bury defender, who joined the Kenya Premier League (KPL) side during the mid-season transfer window that elapsed in July, has not attended training for the last one week leaving coach Jan Koops lost for words.
“I am not ready to talk about Pascal Ochieng because I don’t know his whereabouts. I can only talk about players who are in training,” Koop told Goal.com.
“That matter can only be explained by the executive committee my huge concern is working with the players that are here in training,” added the 70-year old Dutch tactician.
Ochieng, who has skippered Harambee Stars in the past, joined Leopards from Rangers FC, after falling out with the former's management over unpaid dues.
His last appearance for Rangers was the 2-0 defeat to reigning champions Tusker FC before an agreement was reached to switch to Leopards, who currently lead the sixteen team table standing on 41 points.
Leopards, Vice-chairman Walter Onyino was too not very much sure about the whereabouts of the defender. “We expect him to be in training with the rest but as you can see he is not around.”
The center back has won 23 international caps for the national team scoring once and is the tentative vice-captain in international matches that do not involve foreign based players.
Last season, Ochieng was voted the best defender of the year in the Kenya Premier League (KPL). Currently, Ochieng has been listed as a player for Malaysian side Johor FC something obviously his club is not aware of.