CECAFA secretary Nicholas Musonye: Kenya needs 'special appeal' to replace Were, Omondi

The regional body's supremo says Kenya technical bench might not be allowed to replace the duo at the on-going tournament due to strict rules
Harambee Stars stand in coach James Nandwa has put himself in a tight corner, following his decision to suspend forwards Paul Were and Kevin Omondi from the team's camp.

According to Cecafa Secretary General Nicholas Musonye, the Kenya technical bench might not be allowed to replace the duo at the on-going regional tournament.

"Cecafa offers all the participating teams in its competitions an opportunity to avail 23 players and 7 officials. We thereafter, provide air fare for each contingent, in house (country) transport, accommodation and meals," he told Goal.com.

"In case of an injury to a dependable player, a special appeal has to be made to the Governing Council, after which the tournament organizers will decide whether or not the affected country can replace the player. However, the country will then meet the aforementioned costs."

"In event of indiscipline and a player is sent home, the affected country still needs to appeal but the chances of succeeding (replacing the players) is very minimal."

On the flipside, the duo's absence is likely to offer an opportunity for other players within the squad to showcase their talent.

Sofapaka defender/winger Thomas "Heskey" Wanyama, Kariobangi Sharks winger Patil Omotto and AFC Leopards forward Victor Ochieng' are some of the players yet to taste action at the tournament after two games.