Kenya champions Tusker FC to miss five key players in pre-season trip to Tanzania

EXCLUSIVE: Stars assistant coach Nandwa reveals to that he needs services of the five as brewers' coach Matano disputes decision
Kenya Premier League (KPL) champions Tusker will miss the services of five key players'- custodian Boniface Oluoch, defender David 'Cheche' Ochieng, midfielder Peter Opiyo and strikers Moses Arita and Ismael Dunga for their two weeks per-season training in Tanzania.

Harambee Stars assistant coach James Nandwa exclusively revealed to that he needs the services of the aforementioned players for the do or die return leg Chan qualifier against Burundi in Nairobi on January 5.

"We are having a crucial match that we have to win to qualify. We need Tusker players for us to succeed in beating Burundi Swallows," said Nandwa. Kenya lost 1-0 in the first leg match played in Bujumbura.

However, Tusker disputed Nandwa's allegations saying they only agreed on three players to join Stars camp. "Nandwa called me the other day and we agreed that i give him keeper Boniface Oluoch, David Ochieng and striker Moses Arita."

"Sincerely speaking am not aware of the other decisions. Nandwa even asked me to have Andrew Tololwa when we discussed the issue. We want Kenya to qualify but communication should be made clear."

Tusker departs on Monday for their per-season training in Dar es Salaam and during their stay they will face Tanzania champions Simba SC and giants Yanga in friendly matches before proceeding to Zanzibar.

The brewers are also expected to participate in the Mapinduzi Cup tournament in Zanzibar of which they have been drawn in Group 'B' alongside Azam, Mtibwa Sugar, Young Africans, (Tanzania) and Miembeni (Zanzibar). Group A consists of Al Ahly (Egypt), Simba, Coastal Union (Tanzania) and Jamuhuri (Zanzibar).