Assistant coach James Nandwa reveals to Goal.com that four players have been axed and a similar number recalled as the team steps up preps for the qualifierBy Otieno Otieno
Four local-based players have been dropped from the national team Harambee Stars which has resumed training for the World Cup qualifier against Nigeria in Nairobi while a similar number have also been called up.
The big names dropped from the squad now in its second week of training for the June 5 decisive match against the African champions, are Sofapaka defender George Owino and Tusker hit-man Ismael Dunga.
Both have been dropped after picking injuries. “We have asked them to take time off and heal then maybe we can consider them in future,” Harambee Stars assistant coach James Nandwa told Goal.com.
Two other players Edwin Mwaura from Mathare United and Daniel Mutahi from Chemelil Sugar have also been dropped. Nandwa said they have called up Eugine Asike (Sofapaka), Andrew Murunga (Karuturi Sports), Edwin Lavatsa (Gor Mahia) and Boniface Onyango (Nairobi City Stars).
Nandwa further said no decision has been made yet on which foreign-based players to call up for the match but insisted that they will only call those who can play.
“We don’t want to spend money to call someone who will come and sit on the bench. This is why we are taking our time to look at those who are active and can help us win the match.”
Nandwa at the same time said they are satisfied with the Cosafa draw that will see them take on Botswana, Lesotho and Seychelles in Group ‘B’.
“With the exception of Botswana all the other teams are manageable and with proper preparations we can do well.”