face Libya without Mariga
Okwemba who turns out for the local
club, AFC Leopards, has been drafted into
the team to bolster the midfield department
REPORT BY XINHUA Sportswriter
next week minus its midfield maestro McDonald Mariga
of Inter Milan.
coach James Nandwa confirmed on Wednesday that the
Inter Milan midfielder’s sabbatical from the
national team will continue.
last competed for Harambee Stars in 2011 during the
qualifying campaign for the Africa Nations Cup that
was played in
in February 2012.
had prepared to welcome him back to the fold, but
got informed by his club that he got injured in
training this week.”
course missing a player of his caliber is a big
is on the recovery path and for us to get to the
point we want we need all our foot soldiers. As it
is we have to prepare for life without him and hope
he will be available in future,” Nandwa told
will be played in
on Feb. 6. This is because of security concerns back
that the football authorities have not approved of any
internationals being played there. FIFA has banned
hosting any international matches.
the current Africa Nations Cup finals going on in
were to be staged in
, but the unrest is a major concern.
to stage the continent biggest football extravaganza
the absence of Mariga, Charles Okwemba who turns out
for the local club, AFC Leopards, has been drafted
into the team to bolster the midfield department.
have to plan life without Mariga. Okwemba is fit
enough to take on that role in the midfield,” said
Nandwa. The coach has also recalled defender Mulinge
Munandi to replace injured Brian Mandela.
is the return of Clifton Miheso, who missed the last
international because he was away in
for trials with SuperSport United.
thing is Miheso is back. That offers us options and
competition in the squad. I will also consider Paul
Were and Kevin Omondi,” said Nandwa.
team starts training in
based Joakins Atudo and Humphrey Mieno as well as
David Gateri who plays in
are in the country.
the European based players led by Captain Denis Oliech,
Victor Mugubi Wanyama, Ayub Timbe, Arnold Origi will
fly straight to Tunis from Europe after weekend league
are using the match as
preparations for their FIFA 2013 world cup qualifiers
where they are group together with DR Congo,