Amrouche, Gor at loggerheads

Thursday May 23 2013

PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO | FILE Harambee Stars coach Adel Amrouche during a past training session.

PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO | FILE Harambee Stars coach Adel Amrouche during a past training session. NATION MEDIA GROUP

By DAVID KWALIMWA [email protected]

Harambee Stars preparations for their 2014 World Cup qualifiers second leg match against Nigeria in Nairobi on June 5 has been jolted by a simmering stand-off between national team coach Adel Amrouche and his Gor Mahia counterpart Zdravko Logarusic.

On Tuesday, Logarusic incensed Amrouche by withdrawing Gor players from the Stars camp despite an agreement that the players would stay on until last evening.

Logarusic recalled Rama Salim, Edwin Lavatsa, David Owino and Jeremy Onyango to play in their KPL Top Eight second leg semis match against Tusker on Wednesday.

Football Kenya Federation’s liaison officer, John Kariuki, had earlier stated that the federation had agreed with affected clubs that players selected to the national team would not go back to their clubs until Thursday after their May 21-23 training programme with Stars. Amrouche has accused Logarusic of undermining the national team.

It happened before

“We only get this problem when dealing with Gor. It also happened before we played Nigeria in the first leg. And now, Logarusic is at it,” Amrouche said.

But Logarusic has downplayed the stand-off, saying he was only taking care of his priorities. “I also want the national team to do well, but my club has congested fixtures. My best players should not be away, especially when they are not playing any game,” Logarusic said.

Meanwhile, Amrouche has called up Abdalla Juma, Humphrey Mieno, Joakins Atudo and Edwin Wafula to the squad.