Paul Were and Kevin Omondi's 'expulsion' important example for Kenyan footballers

Harambee Stars coach Nandwa might have done what any other coach would do, only if to avoid the destructive virus spreading into his squad

Kenya international midfielders Paul Were and Kevin 'Daddy' Omondi have been caught out. The duo were sent home from the national team Harambee Stars’ camp in Uganda for alleged indiscipline.

The two players were part of the Kenyan second string squad participating at the 2012 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup in Kampala, until they mutilated camp rules and committed unforgivable sins similar to those that occurred at the Garden of Eden.

Interestingly, this isn't the first time Were, a vastly talented left-footed forward, has found himself on the wrong side of the law while on national team duty.

The first encounter with trouble availed itself during the Cecafa Youth Championships in Eritrea two years back.

A highly publicized spat with then coach Vince Ombiji almost cost the player his stay in camp. It took the intervention of the then FKL Chairman Mohammed Hatimy for the technical bench to pardon the youngster.

It however, seems the relationship between player and coach had been tampered beyond repair as he was dropped for the subsequent African Youth Championships qualifiers.

During last year's Cecafa Senior Championships held in Tanzania, the 21 year-old was yet again left out of Kenya's final group match against Sudan after arguing with then coach Francis Kimanzi.

With his latest trouble - Were has now proudly completed his hat-trick.

Daddy's role in this ‘circus’ is undefined and might attract sympathy. This is the first time the forward also nicknamed ‘Adebayor’, has been publicly pitched on the wrong side of the law.

Harambee Stars coach James Nandwa's decision to expel the duo has attracted mixed reactions. According to an official report from the Football Kenya Federation (FKF), the two are not off the hook yet as more punishments awaits them.

All said and done discipline is paramount. Whenever, wherever it is believed that discipline is one virtue that one cannot do without.

The two need to hold their breath as their colleagues from different countries have fared worse punishment-wise.

From Europe to Africa and even in Asia, players have gone against the grain to engage in the ‘shameful’ act.

Not long ago on March 6, 2012, the temperamental and hot headed Italian and Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli grabbed media headlines for all the wrong reasons, when he was pictured coming out of strippers club in the wee hours of the night when he was supposed to have a rest ahead of the impending club game.

His club boss Roberto Mancini was raging with fury with the youngster’s behavior. For his unbecoming act he was reprimanded by the coach and also fined a two weeks wages (£250,000). Besides a furious Mancini advised the player to settle down by getting an ideal wife.

At Barcelona, former Brazilian ace and ex-world player of the year Ronaldinho was known for his love for the insatiable thirst for dance floor which prompted the club to offload him fearing that he would be a bad  influence to the then rising star Lionel Messi who idolized him.

French international Yan Mv'ila has been handed a two year ban by the French Football Federation (FFF) after committing a similar offence.

Mv'ila compatriot Nicholas Anelka got 18 months for ‘gross misconduct.' The only reprieve for the two, even as they make their apologies to the Kenyan public is that both are young and very talented.

Back home, Kenyan skipper and Stars striker Dennis Oliech has been in numerous occasion caught in the wrong side of the law sneaking out of camp to go partying late in the night.

This behavior at one time landed him in bad books with former Harambee Stars German coach Antonie Hey who said the player was not part of his plans.

But in the whole saga, the question that is bound to be asked is whether football managers do have control over their players or whether they are the problem?

Former Kenyan international and AFC Leopards striker Boniface Ambani thinks otherwise. “It’s not rocket science to know that Were’s (Paul) case has been happening at Harambee Stars den. Senior players have been doing the same and no one has ever reprimanded them.”

“They have been seeing senior players do the same and go scot free at the very open eyes of our officials in the national team. What will stop them from doing the same?”

Nandwa might have done what any other coach would do, only if to avoid the destructive virus spreading into his squad. However, it is imperative for them to note that time waits for no man.