Kenya's leading international star, McDonald Mariga, has opted out of an international friendly between the country's Harambee Stars and South Africa on Wednesday.
The Inter midfielder is the second foreign-based player to withdraw after 'keeper Arnold Origi pulled out because of fitness concerns.
According to a report from Supersport.com, Mariga will not be available because his doctors said he is nursing a knock.
Harambee Stars assistant coach Salim Ali said, “Mariga will not be travelling to South Africa. We spoke directly to his doctors and they have written a letter detailing why Mariga could not travel as he is under treatment.”
Mariga’s absence will be a big blow for the Harambee Stars, who have tumbled down the FIFA rankings over the past two years due to a series of poor performances.
The former Parma youngster's absence leaves skipper Dennis Oliech as the only big name in the squad.
Kuwait-based Jamal “Malo” Mohammed, who was on holiday in Kenya, has replaced Mariga in the midfield, signalling a return for Malo to the national team after a two year exile.