FKF President Nick Mwendwa Speaks on Joash Onyango’s Injury

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Harambee Stars’ defender Joash Onyango (centre) with coach Sebastian Migne (left) after he was sent off during their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ghana Kasarani Stadium on September 8 last year. [Boniface Okendo, Standard]

Kenya is set to mark her return to Continental Football on Sunday Night when Harambee Stars take on the Desert Foxes from Algeria.

In the build up to the Clash, there were talks of how defender Joash Onyango will be a great assest to the team owing to his great defensive prowess.

Many Kenyans were hopeful that they will see the man they have named the Berlin Wall do his thing against Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez.

Well, it now looks like we will have to wait a little bit longer for us to see Onyango, who recently became an internet sensation do his thing against the big boys.

Onyango will miss Kenya’s opening match and is also set to miss the next match against Tanzania due to a toe injury.

Reports from the Stars’ camp indicate that the Gor Mahia defender suffered the injury during the Saturday Training session.

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Head coach Sebastien Migne has suffered a major blow owing to the fact that his other dependable defender Brian Mandela suffered a knee injury a few days to the Continental showpiece at the team’s training camp in Paris, France.

Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa confirmed Onyango’s injury terming it a blow to the Kenyan team.

“He was involved in a collision during a training session on Saturday night and he suffered a toe injury,” Said Mwendwa.

“Onyango will now miss the first two matches against Algeria and Tanzania but could be fit to face Senegal in the final fixture. It is a blow for the team since we had already lost Brian Mandela.” he added.

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Head Coach Sebastien Migne will now have to make do with the services of Zesco United’s David Owino aka Calabar, Real Monarch’s Joseph Okumu and Bernard Ochieng of Vihiga United.

The other dependable defender, Musa Mohammed, is also in a race against time to fully recover from a knock he sustained during Kenya’s Friendly win against Madagascar.

He will be assessed by the medical team before a final decision is made on whether he will start against Algeria or not.