Why winger Paul Were was axed

Sources in the team reveal to Goal.com that the winger infuriated coach Amrouche for protesting when he was substituted during AFC's 1-0 win over Western Stima
Otieno Otieno

AFC Leopards midfielder Paul Were was left out of the national team Harambee Stars hours before the side left for Nigeria due to indiscipline.

The midfielder was dropped on Tuesday despite having been named as one of the 19 players to tackle Nigeria.

Sources in the national team revealed to Goal.com that the player had infuriated head coach Adel Amrouche for protesting when he was substituted during AFC Leopards' 1-0 win over Western Stima at Nyayo Stadium on Sunday.

"The coach was not happy by Were's conduct and he took it as indiscipline which cannot be tolerated in the team," revealed the source, who refused to be named.

Amrouche declined to comment on the reason behind dropping the speedy winger though he called up Tusker midfielder Peter Opiyo to take up his position.

Were is not new to controversy. Last December, he and Gor Mahia midfielder Kevin Omondi were banished from camp for gross indiscipline during the regional Senior Challenge Cup held in Uganda.

In a related development, Sofapaka defender Abdalla Juma has also been dropped from the national team after he strained his thigh. Juma did not train on Tuesday.