President Sam Nyamweya reveals to Goal.com that the duo will rejoin the team in Kampala on Wednesday in readiness for the semi-final matchEXCLUSIVE
By Dennis Mabuka
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has ordered immediate return of youngsters Paul Were and Kevin Omondi to bolster Harambee Stars squad in the on-going Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup in Kampala, Uganda.
Kenya FA President Sam Nyamweya confirmed to Goal.com that the duo, who were suspended from the team for alleged indiscipline, will now join the squad on Wednesday ahead of Thursday's semi-final match against Zanzibar.
"Following the request by stand in coach James Nandwa to have the players back and also the decision by the affected (players) to apologize to the nation for the wrongs that they did, I request that they return to Kampala immediately in readiness for the semi-final encounter."
"We have qualified for the semis of the tournament and could want to beef up the squad now that we cannot be allowed to bring in new faces as per Cecafa rules and regulations."
"The two- (Paul) Were and (Kevin) Omondi- are young lads whom we have pardoned since they had sought for forgiveness from Kenyans and having them back will definitely boost our quest to fight for the trophy."
Nandwa had requested the Kenya FA to have the players back in camp owing to the many injuries that have hit the team after they stormed the Cecafa semis for the first time since 2008. Kenya needed a 54th minute goal by AFC Leopards striker Mike Baraza to eliminate favorites Malawi on Tuesday.
“Both Miheso and Mang’oli are injured and we do not know if they are going to be okay for the Zanzibar duel. I want to request the Kenya FA President to see whether we can have the expelled duo back in camp because they are going to be of a very big help to us," Nandwa told reporters after the win against Malawi.
Nyamweya also confirmed that he will personally donate UG 3 million (Ksh100, 0000) to the team's technical bench and playing unit for the splendid performance that saw them cruise past Malawi to reach the last four of the tournament.