Financial constraints force Juruni to cut foreign lot

With the national team committee struggling to raise the required funds to have both the men’s and ladies’ teams in Cairo, Egypt for the Africa Zone V tournament, head coach Mandy Juruni is set to reduce the number of foreign based players on the team.

Stanley Ocitti and US-based Darius Pegues are set to be the only foreign based players to join the locally based lot for the championship that starts Sunday.

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Mandy Juruni talks to players during a time out

Canada-based Robinson Odoch and US-based John Balwigaire could be omitted from the group as Juruni looks to add size to his side.

Head coach Juruni has been working with a team of 12 locally based players and these have been in preparations in the absence of their foreign based counterparts.

Now, Juruni, who had plans of selecting 8 players from those in training, will have to adjust and drop only two to have 10 travelling for the competition.

Juruni is confident his troops can go to Egypt and get good results to make the finals for the second successive time.

First timers Jonathan Egau and Mike Madol and James Okello have stated their case during the training sessions and fancy their chances of making the team.

Egypt won the last edition of Zone V which was held in Uganda in 2014 while the hosts qualified as second seed after trouncing Somalia, Kenya and Rwanda.