Homa Bay All Stars captain Tony Idriss believes new national team coach Sebastien Migne could be missing out on top talent in the lower divisions of the Kenyan leagues and so wants the Frenchman to consider taking a peak down there for consideration into the junior national teams.
A seasoned central midfielder himself, Idriss leads a Homa Bay All Stars team that currently sits second in the FKF Division II Central Zone B log and says it is the toughest league out there.
''I have been here for a while and I can tell you for free this is a very tough and rough league. I have played against opposition that I feel can add something to the national team the same way I believe I can,'' says the former Gor Mahia Youth player.
Coach Migne recently assessed the national junior teams in a friendly match; Francis Kimanzi's Emerging Stars (U23) and Stanley Okumbi's Rising Stars (U20), a tie the seniors won 2-0. It is such match-ups that Idriss feels can do with a little inclusion of the players in the leagues below.
''I believe most of us down here just lack the opportunity to express ourselves to people at the top. If I get a call-up right now, even to try out under the assessment of the national team coaches, I have firm belief that I'll make the cut,'' he adds.
The midfielder's footballing sojourns haven't been kind enough as the two clubs he has represented at the top level- National Super League (NSL) have all been disbanded. Idriss was loaned out from Gor Mahia Youth to Oserian in 2016 and soon found himself at Agro Chemical FC two years later. Both clubs- company-owned, were all shut down.
He has not given up hope of still bouncing back some day but while he waits- he salivates at the opportunity to don his national team colors.
''As a player you need to first have the confidence that you can do it, then with the talent that you have, you'll find yourself moving forward,'' he adds.
His side- coached by one Robert Ojienda and sitting second on the 16-team Div II log, have won 6 of their 9 fixtures and next take on Green Berets of Kisumu.