Okumbi reveals reason for delayed training ahead of friendlies

Harambee Stars head coach Stanley Okumbi has revealed the reason why he did not summon the called up players to the camp immediately for the friendly matches against Iraq and Thailand.

Okumbi has cited the Premier League congested fixture as the reason saying that the period will help to avert crisis occasioned by disruption as teams fight for points going into the season end.

-We have decided to name the final list without necessarily having to call players to camp due to the fixture congestion being experienced at the moment, Okumbi said after naming the squad.

-This, we believe, will not only allow clubs adequate time with the players but will also avert a crisis occasioned by the disruption of the league during this crucial period when most teams are battling to accrue crucial points vital in deciding where they sit at the end of the seasom, he added.

Captain Victor Wanyama, Ayub Timbe and Brian Mandela will not be part of the team as they are injured, Belgium based Johanna Omollo will not travel as he is engaged in club commitments. Defender David Ochieng will not make it in time for the trip due to issues with his travel documents.

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