Kenya Harlequins fly-half Isaac Adimo has been dropped from the Kenya Simbas squad due to discipline issues, says head coach Jerome Paarwater.
Paarwater on Friday named a 26-man squad to travel to Hong Kong for the Cup of Nations but the Kenya Harlequins star was a notable omission.
“We always shy away from disciplinary issues and I am not afraid to say, he is out of the team because of not attending training sessions and poor discipline,” said Paarwater.
Adimo played all Africa Gold Cup matches for the Simbas and has been the priority flyhalf for Paarwater. In 2016 despite missing the better part of the Kenya Cup season and his competitor Nato SImiyu playing the entire season, he went on to start all matches.
Paarwater, however, hopes Adimo will address the issue and fight his way back to the team ahead of the 2019 World Cup qualifiers set for 2018.
“It’s petty that Adimo went off a bit; not doing the program and discipline enough to do what we are asking him to do. But I am sure we will have a check with him, he is a quality player he will be back in the mix again he just has to get his focus right,” added Paarwater.
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Half-back Kevin Masai of Homeboyz was also axed from the team earlier in the season.
Paarwater will have Impala’s Nato Simiyu and Biko Adema of Nondies as the two fly-halves for the four nations where they will play Hong Kong, Chile and Russia.
Nato returns to the team for the first time since August 2016. He missed the June internationals while Biko returns after limping off in a 19-19 draw with Hong Kong this year.
Levy Amunga of Blak Blad and Henry Ayah of Top Fry Nakuru are other fly-halves in the larger group but did not make the squad to Hong Kong.
Kenya Simbas squad to Hong Kong
1.Moses Amusala 2.Peter Karia 3.Curtis Lilako 4.Wilson Kopondo 5.Oliver Mangeni 6.George Nyambua 7.Davies Chenge 8.Joshua Chisanga 9.Philip Ikambili 10.Oscar Simiyu 11.Dennis Karani 12.Eric Kerre 13.Martin Owila 14.Elkeans Musonye
15.Samson Onsomu 16.Nato Simiyu 17.Jacob Ojee 18.Leo Owade 19.David Ambunya 20.Darwin Mukidza 21.Vincent Mose 22.Lyle Asiligwa 23.Biko Adema 24.Alex Olaba 25.Peter Kilonzo 26.Tony Onyango