When Kenya Simbas head Coach Paul Odera named his squad to face Portugal on Saturday, several senior players had been left out of the matchday squad.
Kenya Simbas captain Dan Sikuta who was reported to have suffered a concussion, Patrick Ouko, Darwin Mukidza, Geoffrey Ominde, Brian Waraba, Joseph Odera, Bethuel Anami and Jacob Ojee were rested ahead of a crucial clash which would have kept the Simbas in World Cup contention if they won the clash.
The squad which saw youngster Joshua Weru, Amon Wamalwa start saw the Simbas go down 85-0 which was their worst loss in recent years.
Reports from the camp reveal that the players were on a go slow protesting unpaid allowances that stretches back to July in France and that was reason behind the massive changes.
Nation Sports, now reports Simbas players boycotted training on this Monday with players opting to engage in touch rugby.
The outlet reports that Odera, was forced to suspend their training sessions on Monday.
“It’s just tough for the players and the technical bench, who have gone for three weeks at a foreign country without anything,” a source was quoted by the outlet.
“You can tell the players are not in the right mental frame to train,” said the source, who accused the KRU of taking joyriders to Dubai, leaving behind resourceful people like the team’s analyst, Billy Odhiambo.
“There are some people who traveled for other things at the expense of the most productive people, who have been with the team all along,” said the source.
The Simbas are expected to play Hong Kong on Friday evening.