… Calls up 27 home-based boys for World Cup qualifier
Newly appointed Kenya’s Coach, Adel Amrouche, has said he is not afraid to face AFCON champion, Nigeria in a 2014 World Cup qualifier on March 23. Kenya are at bottom of Group F with one point, three points behind leaders Nigeria.
But Amrouche has insisted playing Nigeria is like playing any other country and the motivation is normally there whether it’s a qualification game or not. “As I coach, I don’t fear Nigeria, although I know they are a good team.
As a team, we must have belief in ourselves and work hard on winning matches without getting worried of the opposition,” he said Speaking about the demand for results by most fans, the Burundi’s former coach said it was the case everywhere. “This is a problem not only in Kenya, but also in the continent. Don’t believe and rely always on what people say, when you don’t work with passion, you cannot achieve results,” he offered.
Meanwhile, Amrouche has called up 27 locally based players who will assemble next week to start preparations for next month’s World Cup qualifier against Nigeria’s Super Eagles. Among the new inclusions in the team are new teenage sensation, Tusker’s Michael Olunga, Daniel Onyango of Western Stima, Mohammed Hassan of KRA ,Chrispin Odula and Aboud Omar of Bandari and Jesse Were of Tusker. Also making a comeback to the team are: Allan Wanga of AFC Leopards, Fredrick Onyango of Gor Mahia, Sofapaka quartet of Collins Kisuya, James Situma, Bob Mugalia and Antony Kimani. Amrouche, however, reiterated that he would still be calling up more players as he seeks to identify his final squad to be added to the foreign-based players to face Nigeria on March 22.
“I have called up an initial 27 players that I intend to closely monitor in training, so that I can make a final decision. However all players must know the doors to the national team are not closed as I will still beef up the squad.
We will be going to camp after the elections where I will also name the foreign based players to join us later. We are looking to play several friendly matches which we are yet to confirm,” Amrouche told supersport.com.