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According to coach Luc Eymael, Opiyo left the country on Monday after national duty where Kenya beat Namibia 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier

AFC Leopards have received a major blow with the departure of midfield kingpin Peter ‘Pinchez’ Opiyo who has left to negotiate contract talks with Oman League side AL Shabaab.

According to Coach Luc Eymael, Opiyo left the country on Monday after national duty on Sunday where Kenya beat Namibia 1-0 in a World Cup Qualifier.

“He told me on Friday that he would be leaving after the Harambee Stars match and I phoned the chairman (Allan Kasavuli) to let him know about it and unfortunately, they did nothing.

"It is very unfortunate that he has to leave at this stage of the season and I am also disappointed that Al Shabaan decided to hold talks with the player and not the club as is the norm in player transfers,” Eymael told Goal.

“I am hoping that if he gets a deal there, the club can accept that he comes back to finish the season with us because the Oman league starts in October. Currently I have only 19 fully fit players and this is a very big blow to us."

This comes barely a week after Rwandese defender Jonas Nahimana left for the United States where he is on trials with MLS side FC Dallas.

“Pako had informed us of the decision three months ago and it is also acceptable for him because he has less that four months left on his contract. We knew that he would be gone. I am happy for him because he is progressing in his career but I know we will miss his services."

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