Kenya midfielder Santos dejected at missed opportunity to play for Stars

The former Tusker ace had been called up to the initial Kenya squad by Henri Michel but fell victim to the infamous club versus country row

Kenyan midfielder Jerry Santos says he is dejected after missing out on the opportunity to feature against South Africa in an international friendly at Nyayo Stadium on Tuesday.

The former Tusker FC midfielder had been called up to the initial Harambee Stars squad by Coach Henri Michel but fell victim to the now infamous club versus country row.

His parent club Coastal Union was reluctant to release him until after the match against Simba SC (this past Saturday) forcing Football Kenya Federation to eventually decide to replace him with AFC Leopards' Charles Okwemba and Moses Arita (Thika United).

“The situation was out of my hands. I tried my best but my club insisted that I play against Simba SC. The challenge occurred because I would have required much more time to adapt to the coach and his ideas before the match.”

Coastal Union settled for a barren draw with Santo's former club Simba SC in a league match played in Tanga.

“It was a good game; we tried our best, especially after our main striker (Nsa Job) was sent off in the 65th minute."

"I will be available for the national soccer team assignments in future, starting with the upcoming CECAFA tournament, because the Tanzanian league will be under recess at that time. I will talk to the federation and the coach (Henri Michel) and ask for them to give me another chance.”