After a war of words between the Kenyan national team head coach, Adel Amrouche and Gor Mahia coach, Zdravko Logarusic over the release of the club’s players to the national camp, Harambee Stars will re-assemble tomorrow with the foreign-based players expected to start training.
Assistant coach James Nandwa said they expect a full house as they step up training for their June 5 World Cup qualifier showdown with the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
Kenyan daily, The Daily Nation reports that twelve foreign-based professionals were called up last week to bolster the squad, with Azam duo of offensive midfielder Humphrey Mieno and versatile defender Joackins Atudo the latest inclusions.
Others are Arnold Origi, (Norway), Jamal Mohammed (Oman), Dennis Oliech (France), David Gateri (South Africa), Victor Mugubi (Scotland), Johanna Omollo (Belgium), Kepha Aswani (Oman), Brian Mandela (South Africa), MacDonald Mariga (Italy), Patrick Osiako (Israel), Ayub Timbe (Belgium) and the new kid on the block Curtis Osano (England). But captain Oliech and first-choice goalkeeper Origi will miss the match against Nigeria through suspension.
Attacking midfielder Kepha Aswani, who plays for Omani side Al-Nasr was the first foreign-based player to arrive alongside his club mate Jamal Mohamed early this week. Brothers Mariga and Wanyama are expected to jet in by Tuesday.
Wanyama has a club assignment this weekend, playing against Hibernian in the Scottish Cup final. Though Wanyama is suspended from the tie, having received a booking in the semis against Dundee United, Celtic manager Neil Lennon could be keen to have him in the dressing room for the big match.
Should Celtic win, it will cap a glorious season for Wanyama who recently won the Scottish Premier League (SPL) as well as scooping both Celtic’s and SPL young player of the year awards.