NAIROBI, Kenya, June 9- A day after Dennis Oliech was stripped of the captain’s armband, the French Ligue 1 AS Ajaccio’s Harambee Stars future hangs in the balance after he was axed from the travelling squad to Malawi that left on Sunday.
Sources told SuperSport.com that head coach, Adel Amrouche questioned the veracity of listing the record goal scorer in the squad whilst he has not been training with his teammates in the build-up to the Nigeria and Malawi 2014 World Cup qualifiers.
The same sources revealed the striker had not joined the team’s camp by Thursday despite the fact that he was with the team on Wednesday when they played Nigeria.
Oliech was suspended for the Super Eagles tie having accumulated two yellow cards in previous Group F fixtures and his absence once again blunts Stars’ attack following the limp forward display the team endured against the African Champions.
Amrouche has recalled Gor Mahia attacker, Paul Mungai Kiongera who has just recovered from a long term injury as well as AFC Leopards winger Paul Were in a bid to pepper the cracks.
His team will also be without Celtic FC star and midfield dynamo who led the side and has now been made the permanent skipper further narrowing his options in a tie Kenya will be seeking to salvage some pride having seen their Brazil World Cup dream thwarted by the Super Eagles.
Wanyama who put a man-of-the-match performance on Wednesday will not be risked against The Flames who are second in Group F having picked two injuries to the same shin during the Nigeria game.
Striker Kepha Aswani who also came for round criticism has also been left behind after picking a hamstring strain that checked his progress in his first start.
This is the first time Oliech has been voluntarily dropped from the side since he made his debut in 2002 and establishing himself as the most depandable source for goals.
In stripping him of the captaicy, Amrouche took exception with Oliech’s attitude in skipping training and his off-field antics that the Belgian noted they were not a good example to other players.