Mariga last featured for Harambee Stars during the final match of the 2012 African Cup of Nations Qualifier away to Uganda last SeptemberInter Milan midfielder Macdonald Mariga is among six foreign based players called up to the Kenyan national soccer team squad ahead of the high profile friendly against South Africa in Nairobi on October 16.
This was revealed to Goal.com Kenya by FKF Head of technical affairs Elly Mukolwe on Tuesday.
Mariga, is currently recovering from a long injury lay off and is yet to play competitive football for the last five months either for his Spanish club nor the national team.
The former Parma FC (Italy) and Real Sociedad (Spain) player was involved in a long standing feud with the federation over refund of air ticket fare. Mariga last played for Kenya during the final match of the 2012 African Cup of Nations Qualifier away to Uganda last September.
He declined to play for the team in February during an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Togo protesting over bad treatment. The Inter-Milan midfielder claimed then that he is owed Sh1.5million in ticket refunds.
"Yes we have talked to the player (Mariga), and I can confirm the dispute between him and the federation has been resolved."
Other players called to the squad include Victor Wanyama (Scotland), Captain Dennis Oliech (France), Christian Bwamy (Norway), Ayub Timbe (Belgium) and Jerry Santos (Tanzania).
"The coach wants to gauge all the players available as this will be his first match in charge. Bafana Bafana have indicated that they will be arriving on the 14th of October (Sunday) ahead of the match scheduled for the 16th of October."
"It promises to be a very competitive match against a high calibre opponent." concluded Mukolwe.