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Uncertainty Prevented Wanyama From Boarding MLS Charter

Impact midfielder ruled out by ultimately unfounded Covid concerns.

MLS: Montreal Impact at New England Revolution
Uncertainty over Covid concerns surrounding the game between Comoros and Kenya scuppered MLS’ best attempts to get Victor Wanyama back in time.
Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

It’s become apparent that the reason for Victor Wanyama’s failure to make the charter plane bringing MLS players back from international duty was down to Covid concerns, so wrote Jeremy Filosa in an informative piece for 98.5 last week.

According to Jeremy’s sources, some players of the Kenyan team were rumoured to have contracted the virus and it also circulated that Wanyama had a false positive test the week before leaving Africa. Actual details remain sketchy, however it seems the case that it was due to uncertainty that Wanyama was prevented from boarding the flight.

It was better being safe than sorry and there was not enough time before the aircraft’s scheduled departure to determine for certain if Wanyama was positive or not.

98.5’s sources went on to say the player stayed on in Kenya with Montreal Impact approval, for ‘a few more days’ and was due to depart last Thursday.

Olivier Renard at a video-conference last Friday afternoon confirmed a fit Wanyama was back in Montreal.

Jeremy’s version of events tie in with a report by David Kwalimwa and Cecil Odongo of Kenya’s Daily Nation, in which they claim Kenyan coach Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee accused the Comoros FA of destabilizing his players before the two teams met in Moroni just over two weeks ago now.

Mulee and the Harambee Stars returned home the day after the game, a 2-1 loss to the islanders, which leaves Kenya on the brink of elimination from the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

Mulee claimed Comoros officials unsuccessfully attempted to exclude six players from Stars’ line-up on the premise they had tested positive for Covid-19. The claim was over-ruled by the Confederation of African Football but the push and pull delayed the game’s kick off by half an hour.

“We expected it. The opponent targeted six of our best players and claimed they had tested positive for Covid-19. But we had certificates confirming our team was safe,” said Mulee.