The right back is scheduled to go for a military progression course starting June, and will be off the roster for the next five months, thus ruling him out for the remainder of the 2018 campaign.
“It is in our program to help players grow also in their jobs and in that line Brian will be away for the next five months, starting June. To me as coach, and to the team, this is a big blow, but again I am happy for him because he will grow in his career,” coach Dunstan Nyaudo told the club’s official website.
Kokoyo, Omar Boraafya, Mark Bikokwa, Eugene Ochieng and Vincent Masinde will all be available for selection in the team in the second leg after finishing their respective military courses and the coach acknowledges that as Birgen exits, he has able replacements.
Along with the other players, the coach says they will be dedicating the Sofapaka match to Birgen. A very disciplined member of the team, Birgen has been crucial in the first leg run, in which the team has kept eight clean sheets in 15 matches.
“We will play the Sofapaka game for him, and we hope to give him a good sendoff as he heads out to start his course.”