Ahead of their Tuesday 16 October 2012 international friendly match against South Africa’s Bafana Bafana, Kenya has been handed a major boost with the confirmation that Israel-based midfielder Patrick Osiako will be available for the clash after all.
Hapoel Be’er Sheva, the club that Osiako plies his trade for, had refused to release him for the match since they had not received a request from the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) but it took the intervention of a top FKF official who communicated directly with the club to have Osiako released.
-I talked to the club Chairperson this afternoon and he agreed to release Patrick. He will be travelling tonight and hopefully arrive tomorrow evening, the official told futaa.com.
Osiako expressed his joy saying he looks forward to an exciting match.
-I’m really happy that the issue has been solved amicably. I hope to arrive safely and joining my team mates as soon as possible. It’s always a pleasure for me to play for my country and I know it will be a thrilling match, Osiako added.
The match will be played at the Nyayo National Stadium and will kick off at 1900 hours.