Amrouche: Why I have never considered Jesse Were

Harambee Stars coach Adel Amrouche reveals to Goal why he has continued to overlook striker Were, despite his superb performance in the premiership

By Otieno Otieno in Lusaka, ZAMBIA

Harambee Stars coach Adel Amrouche has revealed that the team’s technical bench is yet to consider calling to the squad Kenya premiership top scorer Jesse Were because he ‘lacks fighting spirit.’

With eleven goals to his credit so far, the Tusker hit man was a natural choice to lead Kenya’s attacks in Cosafa tournament in Zambia, but it was never to be the case.

When asked by Goal in Lusaka, Zambia, the reason he had continued to overlook the player despite his superb performance that includes two hat-tricks in the local league, Amrouche replied, “I am aware that there has been concern over why we left Were out but the truth is he does not have that fighting spirit we need in this team.

“He (Were) may have scored eleven goals but I don't think he can help us in the national team. I am not just looking for someone who has scored many goals but someone who can lift the team. It is no longer about an individual but rather it is about team work.”

Indeed, Were was expected to play some role in the on-going Cosafa Cup in Zambia where Kenya was edged out before making it to the quarters when they lost 2-1 to Botswana in the preliminary round.

Amrouche instead, preferred Tusker’s Andrew Murunga and Thika United’s Kennedy Otieno to spearhead Kenya’s attacks in the competition. Kenya managed five goals from the tournament courtesy of Kiongera Mungai, Edwin Lavasta (2) Joackins Atudo and an own goal.