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Kenya staring at a serious leadership crisis ahead of Ghana showdown

7:41 AM EDT 9/5/18
Victor Wanyama and David Owino.
Ghana are leaders of Group F with three points while Kenya are second from bottom with no point after losing to Sierra Leone

Harambee Stars are staring at a serious leadership crisis as they prepare to face off with Ghana on Saturday.

It has already been confirmed that captain Victor Wanyama will not be part of the squad that will be tasked to stop a much-fancied Black Stars at Kasarani.

Coach Sebastien Migne might be losing a lot of hair right now as he tries to figure out the best replacement for Wanyama to take on the armband with assistant captain David Owino also a serious doubt for the Group F clash.

Owino limped off from training on Wednesday after he collided with his Zesco United teammate Jesse Were as both players challenged for the ball.

Sadly though, Owino was working his way back to full recovery after sitting out of the last six games for Zesco United. Owino suffered an ankle injury during a Zambian Premier League match on August 4 with the Team ya Ziko.

But the assistant skipper is upbeat that Stars will weather the storm even if he misses out on Saturday. “We’ will give our best. We wil do everything possible to win against Ghana.

“It will be a tough game because Ghana has experienced players, but our attitude and mental strength might prove the difference. If everyone will have the right attitude and strong mentality, then we can easily win the match," Owino told Goal.

“The injury is not serious. It just pulled a bit, but I will have it checked again and hopefully I will be ready before Saturday.”

Despite the slight setback and a poor start to the campaign that saw Stars fall to Sierra Leone in the opening Group F match, Owino is still defiant that Kenyan can still make it to Cameroon in 2019.

“Everyone knows that we started poorly, but if we get something against Ghana then we can revive our chances then pick it from there.”

Kenya is second from bottom behind joint leaders Ghana and Sierra Leone.