Harambee Stars stand-in tactician James Nandwa is a delighted man after youngsters Paul Were and Kevin Omondi linked up with the team in Kampala ahead of the Cecafa Cup semi-final clash against Zanzibar on Thursday.
As exclusively revealed to Goal.com by Kenya FA President Sam Nyamweya, the duo, who had earlier been expelled from the squad for alleged indiscipline, arrived safely in Kampala on Tuesday in readiness for the decisive match.
"Mangoli twisted his ankle and his tournament could be over, while Clifton Miheso has a thigh muscle injury, now I can use Were and Omondi on the wings and have Lavatsa as a lone striker."
“I thank the Kenya FA for answering my request and now want to focus ahead of the Zanzibar encounter. We are two matches away from winning the elusive trophy and the return of the duo will boost our quest.”
Nyamweya said he was happy that the players had linked up with the rest in Kampala. “Having considered the fact that we are in the semis of the tournament and the coach does not have many options on the bench, it was prudent to have the players rejoin the team.”
Kenya reached the semis of the regional tournament for the first time since 2008 on Tuesday after edging out favorites Malawi 1-0 in the quarter-finals.
The winners of the tournament will pocket US$ 30, 000, runners-up walk away with US$ 20, 000 and the third placed team earn 10, 000 dollars.