Kenya U23 head coach Francis Kimanzi has described English based duo of striker Jonah Ayunga and midfielder Henry Ochieng as players of great quality.
Ochieng made a cameo role in Kenya’s emphatic win over Mauritius with Ayunga having been out of the match day squad joined the team earlier in the week and according to Kimanzi they will be integrating the duo slowly to the Kenyan system ahead of future ties.
“When you have a lot of new players who play in the foreign teams, there is a lot of change that comes with the cultural shocks and the language and when they arrive for the first time you have to be cleaver with the balancing of the team. The communication can’t click on the go and that can spell trouble to the team. First you have to build the foundation for them and hope that everyone else will be on board. They are players of great quality but we have to integrate them slowly,” Kimanzi said.
Kimanzi further asserted that the country is not far to be considered among the best in the continent and pointed to the fact that Kenya was starting to have other junior national teams which will act as feeder teams to the national team.
“To be the best in the continent you have to beat the best and to be the best you have to have a strong support system. You got to have a strong a strong U23, a strong U20 and a strong U17; it is more than one team. One team is only made of eleven players so you’ll need another best eleven from other categories so that you can prepare them. We are not far (from being the best) and we are getting safer as a country,” Kimanzi added.
Kimanzi and his team left the country on Friday morning to Mauritius ahead of their second leg slated for Sunday 18 November.
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