Parma midfielder Macdonald Mariga has ruled himself out of the 2014 World Cup qualifier between Kenya’s Harambee Stars and Nigeria’s Super Eagles in Nairobi on June 5.
Mariga’s father Noah Wanyama has exclusively informed Goal.com that the towering star, who is on loan at Parma from Inter Milan, is scheduled to undergo a minor knee surgery in USA and thus will not be available for the decisive fixture against the African champions.
“Mariga will not be available because he has to undergo an operation to heel his troubled knee. The surgery will take place almost the same time when we will play Nigeria and thus he will not make it."
Wanyama added, “Mariga wants to start the coming season free of injury and that can only be achieved if he does the operation now. He has wished the team well and is confident that Kenya have the best squad capable of gunning down the Super Eagles at home.”
Mariga, who last featured for Kenya during the 2012 Afcon qualifier against Uganda Cranes in Kampala, is among foreign-based players coach Adel Amrouche had summoned to camp to prepare for the match.
Since joining Parma, Mariga has not enjoyed enough playing time after he was stretched off after damaging his abductor following a collision with an opponent, five minutes into his full debut against Genoa on February 15.
Wanyama also confirmed that midfielder Victor Wanyama, who turns out for Scottish champions Celtic, was due in the country on Monday night.
Meanwhile, Kenyan captain Dennis Oliech is already in the country though he is not eligible to face Nigeria having picked two yellow cards.
Oliech was spotted at City Stadium on Saturday watching a premiership match between AFC Leopards and his former club Mathare United.
He did not feature for his club Ajaccio, who were involved in a relegation battle in the French Ligue one against Nice. Though they lost 2-0 against Nice, Ajaccio survived relegation.
The Kenyan skipper will however, be eligible to play when the team travels to Malawi on June 14 for a World Cup qualifier.
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