Striker Jesse Were is the only Zesco United player snubbed by Kenya for 2019 AFCON while other imports from Nkana and Zanaco prepare to head for pre-tournament camps for their respective national team.
After getting a last minute call-up in March for Kenya’s formality date against Ghana when he replaced the then injured Michael Olunga, Were is not so lucky this time after Harambee Stars coach Sebastian Migne drew his line.
Were has been in prolific form for Zesco since he arrived in 2016 from Kenyan side Tusker but has yet to score for Kenya.
“He has had 26 call ups before and has never scored a single goal. He is doing good in the Zambian league but in the national team, he is yet to impress. The door is still open for him to return to the team so are the other players who were left behind,” Migne said.
But Were’s clubs mates defender David Owino and midfielder Anthony Akumu are in the provisional team.
Also in the Kenya provisional team is Nkana defender Musa Mohammed.
Kenya return to the AFCON for the first time since 2004 in Tunisia where they made a group stage exit after finishing third on 3 points in Group B behind Senegal (5 points) and Mali (7 points).
Zanaco too have one 2019 AFCON call-up in midfielder Tafadzwa Rusike who has been in great form for The Bankers with eight goals and is part of Zimbabwe’s provisional side the tournament Egypt is hosting from June 21 to July 19.