Ouko missed out the team's 1-1 draw against Tusker last week after he was allegedly 'suspended' for reporting to camp late. As a result, the club made a drastic decision by dropping the 10 players in the subsequent match against Kakamega Homeboyz.
Chemelil Sugar team manager, Hillary Ouma has denied media reports that the players were suspended for ‘boycotting’ training, with the soft-spoken administrator adding that the said players were dropped due to lack of match fitness.
“We never suspended anybody. What happened is that those players reported to camp a day before we traveled to Mumias and like anyone else would do, we had no option but to play with players who trained for the match," Ouma told Goal.
Ouko also supported his boss’ narrative, while at the same time denying reports that the club has refused to pay players. “I was part of the players, who missed Kakamega Homeboyz match but as we speak, I am at the training (venue) and hope to be selected for the weekend match.
“It is true that we have experienced salary delay but the club is doing working hard to clear the balance. In fact, I received last month’s (October) salary yesterday (Tuesday)."
Chemelil Sugar will take on AFC Leopards on Sunday in a rescheduled Kenyan Premier League match at Kasarani.