Mombasa stakeholders express dismay over Harambee Stars selection

Football stakeholders in Mombasa have joined the bandwagon of those critical of the selection of Harambee Stars provisional squad for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations.

Admiral Youth technical director Aref Baghazal  and Bandari team manager Wilson Oburu have taken issue with Stars coach Sebastien Migne incorporating very few players from the coast region.

Oburu wondered why Bandari, who are doing very well in the Kenya Premier League have no player in the National team.

”We have been beating KPL leaders  Gor Mahia both home and away. In this case, Gor have many players in the National team while national coach did not notice our players, its too sad for ojr football,“ observed Oburu

Bhagazal singled out former Tusker player Ismail Dunga “Manucho”, who plies his trade in Zambia, as a national team material, yet he has been overlooked in the selection exercise.

“Coast region is thriving with talent that needs to be exploited in the national team and it is unfortunate that most players were not considered for national duty by Migne,” said Baghazal.

The official also bemoaned failure by Migne to call up winger Shaban Kenga who has been a gem for Bandari in the SportPesa Premier League.

“I fail to understand why Dunga escaped the eyes of the national team selectors. In all fairness, Coast region has talented players who can contribute a great deal to Harambee Stars,” added Baghazal.

He also expressed concern with the selectors decision to include two goalkeepers from one clubs (Kariobangi Sharks) despite the country having better glove-men.


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