Forward of their first sport, Kenyan assistant coach Francis Kimanzi said that they’re trying ahead to this match as an publicity occasion for his or her younger gamers.
He mentioned, “We’re a younger facet. We’ve got stuffed this squad with native gamers as a result of our league remains to be on. So it is a chance for the younger gamers to rise to the event. Any nation can problem some other nation in world soccer at the moment. We watched the U-17 World Cup that was hosted in India and we discovered a younger and proficient facet there. So the senior crew can even pose a problem for us, given the chance.”
Kimanzi continued, “We imagine that for us to be aggressive, now we have to compete towards good and powerful groups like India, New Zealand, Chinese language Taipei. So now we have come right here.”
He additionally mentioned that Kenya’s most well-known footballer, Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama, couldn’t journey to India because of damage. The assistant coach believes that regardless of a number of administrative points confronted, Kenya can produce extra abilities and enhance.
“We’ve got obtained our personal administrative challenges. However now we have very motivated gamers and employees. There may be a whole lot of football-loving followers again at dwelling. We’ve got produced some good younger abilities like Wanyama who play within the Premier League. So I believe these challenges have made us stronger and now we have managed to beat that. We’re fortunate to have an organised federation in the meanwhile and with the Authorities’s assist we’re pleased to assist the younger gamers realise their goals,” mentioned Kimanzi.
Kenyan skipper Musa Mohammed mentioned, “We’re prepared for the match. It is a chance for us to indicate what Kenya can do and it’s a good preparation for us.”
On requested if beating Equatorial Guinea simply earlier than this match shall be a confidence booster for them, Musa replied, “Undoubtedly. It’s going to assist our confidence. We want to start with a win. We’ve got obtained further motivation to come back and play on this match.”