AFC Leopards’ Kasaya recalled for Brazil trip

Goal can reveal that the flamboyant goalie has been drafted into squad to replace Dennis Oliech days after Ingwe said they will not release players’

A showdown is now looming between AFC Leopards’ and Football Kenya Federation after goalkeeper Wycliffe Kasaya was summoned on Tuesday to join Harambee Stars’ travelling squad for the tour of Brazil.

The flamboyant Kasaya, has been drafted into travelling party as replacement of striker Dennis Oliech, who opted out. The move comes barely two days after AFC Leopards’ chairman Allan Kasavuli confirmed that they will not release their players’ for the tour.

“We have asked Kasaya to avail his passport and join travelling squad. We are bringing him on board because Oliech (Dennis) says he has commitments and will not be available to travel,” a source, who did not want to be named, revealed to Goal.

“We cannot have a paid up ticket go to waste. Tickets have been paid for and it will be prudent to have Oliech’s place filled and that is why we have opted for Kasaya. We hope he (Kasaya) will get a visa as quickly as the rest because the team departs on Saturday.”

The source also confirmed that coach Adel Amrouche could miss the trip as he will be travelling to Belgium to attend a cousin’s graduation. “The issue of whether Amrouche is travelling with team or not is still unclear up to now. Coaches are currently attending a seminar in Machakos but I was informed that he might not travel because of family commitment.”

Ingwe boss Kasavuli told Goal on Sunday that the club has important matches lined-up before end of first leg and will not afford to release their top players. Other players in traveling squad from AFC Leopards are Jacob Keli and James Situma.

 “We have matches that will determine a lot for us in terms of Kenyan Premier League. We are not going to release our players at this time and we have informed them (players) the same.”