Allan Wanga’s Harambee Stars miss sparks uproar


Harambee Stars players Allan Wanga (L) and Christopher Tangeni Mbamba in action at Moi International ...
Harambee Stars players Allan Wanga (L) and Christopher Tangeni Mbamba in action at Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani on March 19, 2019. The national team is preparing ahead of their African Cup of Nations qualifier match against Ghana slated for March 23, 2019. Photo/Oliver Ananda/Sportpicha

In Summary

  • The shock omission of Kenyan Premier League (KPL) top scorer Allan Wanga from the natioanl team has drawn sharp criticism with Kenyans going online to express their disappointment at Sebastien Migne's decision
  • Wanga has had a standout season with Kakamega Homeboyz and despite finishing top of the KPL's goal-scoring charts with 17 goals, the veteran striker was dropped after Migne trimmed his squad down to 27 players

The shock omission of Kenyan Premier League (KPL) top scorer Allan Wanga from the natioanl team has drawn sharp criticism with Kenyans going online to express their disappointment at Sebastien Migne’s decision.

Wanga has had a standout season with Kakamega Homeboyz and despite finishing top of the KPL’s goal-scoring charts with 17 goals, the veteran striker was dropped after Migne trimmed his squad down to 27 players.

Goalkeeper Brian Bwire and Whyvonne Isuza were among the three players that were axed on Thursday, hours before the Harambee Stars depart the country to France where they will hold a 19-day training camp.

Bwire’s initial inclusion in the team had sparked just as much debate and it was widely expected he would be left out. Isuza enjoyed an impressive campaign with Leopards and finished as their league top scorer (joint with Vincent Oburu).

But it is Migne’s decision to axe Wanga that has been intensely debated with majority of Kenyans holding the view that he deserved a chance to be in the team.

Sofapaka striker John Avire, former Kariobangi Sharks striker Masud Juma, Christopher Mbamba (IK Oddevold), Michael Olunga (Kashiwa Reysol) were preferred ahead of Wanga.

Wanga accepted Migne’s decision graciously and wished the team well in a tweet.

https://twitter.com/allanwanga_/status/1134081779877449730

Here is a sample of reactions following Wanga’s omission:

 

https://twitter.com/MukamiWambora/status/1134089119234240513

https://twitter.com/pauliddiali/status/1134079254633865216

https://twitter.com/pauliddiali/status/1134077367041871873

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