Sports / Updates
Tuesday, 21 Mar 2017 16:11 EAT
Midfielders Ayub Timbe and Johanna Omollo have opted out of the national team Harambee Stars ahead of the forthcoming international friendly matches against Uganda and DR Congo. They were among the 11 foreign-based professionals called up by coach Stanley Okumbi for the build up matches set for Thursday and Sunday respectively at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos.
They have asked Football Kenya Federation (FKF) to give them time to settle at their new clubs in China and Belgium respectively. Winger Timbe, 24, joined China League One side Beijing Renhe at the start of the 2017 season, while Omollo turns out for Belgian side Royal Antwerp.
To fill the vacuum created by their absence, coach Okumbi has called up home-based player Paul Were, who was initially left out of the provisional squad. Harambee Stars are using the forthcoming friendlies as part of their preparations for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier match against Sierra Leone in June.
Meanwhile, Uganda and DR Congo's are putting up at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies, Ruaraka, Nairobi. Congo are scheduled to train at the same venue at 5pm. Uganda's training programme is set for 3pm at the Camp Toyoyo Grounds, Jericho. Both Uganda and DR Congo featured in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals in Gabon where Congo tumbled out in the quarter final after succumbing 1-2 to Ghana. Uganda exited in the group stage of the event.
Tickets will be sold at the match venue, Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos on matchdays at Sh 300 and Sh 100 for VIP and terraces respectively.