NAIROBI, Kenya 7th May 2013 – Four players have been dropped from the Harambee Stars squad gearing for the June 5 2014 World Cup qualifier against Nigeria on Tuesday by head coach Adel Amrouche.
Tusker FC forward Ismail Dunga, Sofapaka midfielder David Owino and Thika United pair Daniel Mwaura and David Kingatua have been axed from the team.
Confirming the changes assistant coach James Nandwa said injuries have knocked out Dunga and Owino, while Mwaura and Kingatua “need to take a break”.
At the same time Eugene Asike and John Njuguna, both of Sofapaka, Sher Karuturi’s Andrew Murunga, Edwin Lavatsta (Gor Mahia) and Boniface Onyango of City Stars have been called up to fill the void.
“Those are the only changes in the team so far, the rest of the players called up when we started training remain in the team,” Nandwa added.
On the match against Nigeria, the assistant coach said the technical bench is keeping tabs on the Super Eagles.
“We are aware of the changes they have made in the squad, we know that they will train outside Nigeria, probably Europe because the bulk of the players are professionals based there. From there, they will fly directly to Nairobi,” he explained.
He confirmed the foreign-based legion for Stars is expected to be named by next week.
Stars, who embarked on non-residential training on April 27, under Amrouche, are determined to book a ticket to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.