Kenyans football fans have been left divided after coach Sebastien Migne left Jesse Were out of the Harambee Stars squad to face Ghana in the Afcon qualifiers.
Migne named a 22-man team that departed the country on Thursday ahead of the formality match set for Saturday. Conspicuously missing from the traveling legion was Zesco United top scorer - Were who was called to the squad to fill the void left by the injured Michael Olunga.
Having earned a late call to the team, perhaps because Migne had no option, Zesco United's all-time record scorer was still given a cold shoulder by the French tactician.
Kenyans who have been keenly following the national team were amused by the decision to pick Masoud Juma ahead of Were who was on the score sheet in Zesco United victory over Asante Kotoko in the final Caf Confederation Cup match last weekend.
Unlike the free-scoring Were, Masoud (Juma) has been inactive of late and is yet to play a competitive match since his move to Libyan side Al Nasr from Dibba Al Fujairah of United Arabs Emirates.
According to observers - Juma lacks match fitness having played no game since December 12 when he came on as a second-half substitute in the 1-1 draw against Ajman in the Etisalat Cup tie.
Kenyans took to social Twitter to pour out their anger after the former Tusker striker was omitted from the traveling squad.
I would have loved to see Jesse Were in the Harambee Stars squad. He deserved to be there. Separately Allan Wanga is currently the top scorer in the KPL this season and in fine form. Why would you leave the league's top scorer behind? #TOTALCAFCC #TheScoreKE— Carol Radull (@CarolRadull) March 20, 2019
What did Jesse Were do to our coach? After being called up to replace, @OgadaOlunga , the guy is also dropped! It's well Jesse were!— Humphries Dot Young. (@dotyoung13) March 21, 2019
Jesse were deserves to be in that team— STEVEN (@mash_sir) March 20, 2019
Massoud went to South Africa and he failed to prove himself Jesse went Zambia and he becomes top score both domestic and international, the point am trying to bring jesse has been crucified wrongly, but still want to wish my team best of luck— emmanuel mangera (@EmmanuelMangera) March 21, 2019
No Jesse Were in the traveling party 🙆🏿♂️😥 wow unbelievable & so unfortunate . Arguably one of the best African based fowards of our era ! He is celebrated & appreciated more far away than in his own home country. Unbelievable— Ronald Okoth (@RonaldOkoth_) March 20, 2019
Harambee Stars squad that faces Ghana over the weekend...— 18yardjob.com (@Kimjobil) March 21, 2019
Lots if people angry that Jesse Were didn't make the cut. pic.twitter.com/QdPiOJTBeQ
@Football_Kenya Guys I am here in Kumasi city, welcome to Ghana , but I am disappointed for not including Jesse Were Zesco Club Zambia best scorer as CAF inter clubs going on is concerned , Harambee Star Hoiyee!!! @Hot_96Kenya @ZescoUnitedFC @HarambeeSt pic.twitter.com/lyENV8CFCV— Jacob Abere Matlala (@JacobAbere) March 21, 2019