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KPL CEO Oguda reveals that they will discuss with the local football body to reach a compromise since the friendly falls outside the Fifa calendar

The Kenya Premier League (KPL) is considering the possibility of rescheduling next weekend's roster of matches, to allow local based players feature for the national team in a high profile friendly against Jamaica on August 25 in Connecticut, USA.

Speaking exclusively to Goal.com, KPL's CEO Jack Oguda, revealed that plans are underway for both parties to settle on a compromise.

"I am yet to be briefed on this issue (the Jamaica friendly), but it looks likely that we will arrange another date for the league games that were scheduled to be played on the (August 24 and 26)".

The provisional 23 man squad selected by Harambee Stars caretaker coach James Nandwa ahead of the clash consists of 19 players featuring in the Kenyan Premier League.

Meanwhile, credible sources reveal that the four foreign based players could be unavailable for this match.
"This is a meaningful build up tie, but traveling across the Atlantic and back to feature in this match will be tricky considering it (the game) falls outside the reserved FIFA calender date." according to a player who preferred anonymity.

Besides, most of the foreign based legion have league assignments lined up on the same weekend.

A spot check by goal.com reveals that Victor Wanyama's club Celtic FC are in line to play against Inverness in a Scottish premier League clash on August 24, whereas Dennis Oliech will be expected to feature for Auxerre in a Ligue 2 clash at home to Stade Laval on the same day.

Professional clubs are not compelled to release players for national team assignments that fall outside the stipulated FIFA calender dates.

In a related development, South African second tier side Sanlam Santos have confirmed that Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has formally requested for the services of Brian Mandela for the Jamaica clash.

Former Kenyan international defender Musa Otieno, who is the team's assistant coach, however, says the final decision on the availability of the former Tusker FC player rests on the club's administrators.

"We (the club) are aware of Niang's (Mandela) situation but the decision to release him solely rests with the administrators."


 

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