Kenya national team head coach Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee has revealed defender Joash Onyango missed the Harambee Stars against Comoros game owing to personal reasons.
The Simba Sports Club player was expected to be among the first players in the starting line-up for the Afcon qualifiers but ended up missing even in the substitute’s list. It was a move which raised cowlicks considering the fact that the 27-year-old has been one of the consistent players in the squad.
Gossip on social media stated that the player was missing because he was positive of Covid-19. However, the tactician shed light on what was happening.
“Yes, we would have loved to have him but he had personal issues which he requested to solve, it is the reason why he was not involved,” Ghost told Radi Halisi after the match.
“I am not aware of anything to do with Covid-19, the doctor is the one who is in a prime position to answer that question. My job is to coach the team and I cannot comment on other things that are beyond me.”
In the Wednesday game played at Kasarani Stadium, Youssouf M’changama put Comoros ahead from a free-kick which was expertly taken, wrong-footing Arnold Origi in the Kenya goal, but Masoud Juma equalised for Harambee Stars in the second half after going down to the visitors who had to play with 10 men for the better part of the game.
Wednesday’s draw puts Kenya in a tricky situation considering two of their remaining three matches are played away. The first one will be on Sunday with the islanders before playing Togo. Then they finish against Egypt at home.
After three Group G games, Kenya have not yet registered a win; they started with a 1-1 draw in Alexandria against the hosts before being held by the same margin by Togo and Comoros respectively.