Soccer-Mariga boycotts Kenya qualifier over unpaid refund

Tue Feb 28, 2012 5:13pm GMT

Feb 28 (Reuters) - Kenya midfielder MacDonald Mariga is refusing to play in Wednesday's African Nations Cup qualifier against Togo because he has not been refunded for paying for his own air tickets to fulfill recent call-ups.

Kenyan football officials confirmed the impasse with the Italy-based midfielder but refused any further comment.

"Our attention has been drawn to the fact that Mr. MacDonald Mariga has decided not to play because he has not been refunded the money he used in purchasing four air tickets," a statement said on Tuesday.

"We do not want to respond at the moment as all our energies are geared towards the Kenya v Togo match tomorrow."

Mariga, on loan this season to Parma from Inter Milan, arrived in Nairobi on Sunday but has refused to train ahead of the first round, first leg qualifier against Togo.

(Reporting by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Mark Meadows)

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