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Williamson recalls suspended Were, Kago


Tusker FC forward Jesse Were in a past Harambee Stars training. PHOTO/ Courtesy

NAIROBI, November 12 – Harambee Stars head coach Bobby Williamson has recalled suspended Tusker FC duo of Jesse Were and winger Danson Kago ahead of Friday’s 2018 World Cup second round; first leg qualifier against Cape Verde.

The pair was suspended from the national team for three months on October 7 by Football Kenya Federation, following alleged misbehavior in camp prior to the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifier pitting Zambia.

Were and Kago, were said to have sneaked alcohol into their hotel room, a move that led to Williamson sidelining them from the fixture that Kenya went on to lose 1 – 2 at home.

Team Manager, Willis Waliaula confirmed the two reported camp on the eve of the match against the Islanders and are set to play a vital role to the injury-hit team that will be without wingers, Belgian based, Ayub Timbe and Paul Were who plies his trade in Greece.

“After having a meeting between the technical bench and federation, we agreed to call back the two because they have been consistent to the team. I believe they have leant a lesson and coming to the team I expect them to give their all.

“Their suspension was to set an example to the rest but whatever happened that’s a forgone case we are now focusing on the big match ahead of us tomorrow (Friday). It’s upon to the coach to see if he will give them a place in the starting line-up. I call upon all Kenyans to rally behind the team,” Waliaula told Capital Sport.

However, assistant head coach, Musa Otieno who said the two were recalled after they apologized, will not be included in Friday’s match.

“They sent an pology to the federation and for us we didn’t have a problem with them since they were cleared. They are not going to be part of the team that will play tomorrow (Friday).

“They will be considered for Cecafa so they just need to work hard and win their positions back,” Otieno, a former Stars captain stated.

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Its yet to be seen if the two will be given a node in Friday’s match considering they have not been training with the squad.

Were is SportPesa Premier League’s best striker after finding the back of the net 22 times in the 2015 season to bag the Golden Boot Award.

Williamson suffered another blow after Thika United left-back Dennis Odhiambo was ruled out of the clash with a recurring knee injury.

The Thika United captain picked up the knock in his club’s 2-0 win over Ulinzi Stars late October.

Williamson will be out to press the home advantage ahead of the return leg four days later against a team that is ranked 93 places above them in the latest FIFA rankings.


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