By Dennis Mabuka
Harambee Stars coach in charge of the team currently taking part at the Tusker Cecafa Cup in Kampala, James Nandwa has sent home two players for gross misconduct.
The duo, AFC Leopards’ Paul Were and Gor Mahia’s Kevin Omondi are currently waiting to board the next flight to Nairobi after what the coach described as unbecoming behavior from players representing a country.
“We have discussed the issue with the technical bench and local football administrators and decided the best thing is to send the players back home. We cannot entertain bad behaviors in a national team camp,” said Nandwa.
Nandwa revealed to Goal.com that the two had sneaked out of camp at night and allegedly returned with women. "That is unacceptable in the world of football and we cannot tolerate that. We can still navigate through this tournament without them."
This is the second time for Were to be expelled from national team duty. National Under-20 coach Vince Ombiji axed Were from camp in 2010 for alleged indiscipline when the team was preparing to face Lesotho in the return leg encounter of the Africa Youth Championships qualifiers.
Then while in Eritrea for the Cecafa tournament, the player (Were) was to be flown back home before the tournament ended following alleged cases of indiscipline and was only reinstated after apologizing to the technical bench.
Kenya FA President Sam Nyamweya who watched Kenya’s 2-0 win over South Sudan on Tuesday, said it was unfortunate for players representing the country to indulge in shameful activities while on duty and promised stern disciplinary action on the duo once they return home.
“We have indefinitely suspended the two players from the national team and we are going to punish them more in their club football as well so that it can act as a lesson to the rest.”