Were laments AFCON miss
02 October 2014, 12:10
Nairobi - Kenya international Paul Were has reaffirmed his disappointment following their early elimination from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Harambee Stars were defeated by Lesotho in the preliminary round of the race to Morocco 2015, which also led to the dismissal of coach Adel Amrouche.
The AmaZulu winger admitted the Harambi Stars have missed an opportunity to raise their as well as the nation's profile on the international stage.
"The elimination by Lesotho affected us a lot," Were told the Standard. "As a professional player, it always helps your case when you have more caps with the national team. You are appreciated more as a player.
"Teams in the PSL determine a lot a country's ranking before signing a player. It is disappointing that Kenya will not be in Morocco while other weaker leagues in the region like Uganda have that chance.
"We were all looking forward to that great exposure in Morocco next year to market ourselves and hopefully get bigger clubs in future."
The former AFC Leopards midfielder finally made his debut for Usuthu after a long wait for his work permit, but he admitted that he was affected by the delay.
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"Not getting the document on time meant I had to miss the first six matches of the season and this had an impact on my match fitness," he added.
"Also, I was required to go back home and apply for a visa again. I had to wait for six working days before I could join my club again. But this is now behind me and I am now focused on helping the club do well.
"Without a work permit, it is difficult to open a bank account or even rent a house. Now that I have it, I can bring over my young daughter whom I miss very much since coming here.
"I am determined to succeed here. For me, this is a stepping stone to bigger things. If I succeed here, chances are that it will open many doors and so there is no chance of going back to the KPL."
- TEAMtalk Media