Wakhanya (left), Ndirangu (centre) and Nairuka (right) started on the bench against Mauritius
Wanyama hails youngsters, calls for better preparations
By Vincent Stephen | Mon 12 Oct, 2015 12:23

Harambee Stars Captain Victor Wanyama has hailed several youngsters that featured for the team in the barren draw against Mauritius in a World Cup Qualifier played at the MISC Kasarani on Sunday 11 October afternoon. 

In the game against Mauritius in a 2018 World Cup qualifier on Sunday, Harambee Stars Head Coach Bobby Williamson fielded four youthful players just in their early 20s namely Michael Olunga (21), Eric Johanna (20), John Ndirangu (20), Ayub Timbe (23) and John Nairuka (19).

Maintain the team

While Mathare United’s Eric Johanna was on his third senior cap, Ndirangu from Nakuru AllStars earned his second senior cap while Gor Mahia’s Olunga was on his eighth same to Belgium-based Timbe. Chemelil Sugar’s Stephen Wakhanya, 22, was an unused substitute and has one cap for the senior team.

With a promising team for the future, Wanyama wants the federation to maintain the team and sharpen it further through international friendly matches.

“Against Mauritius, the coach gave a few young players a chance to play and from what everybody saw, we have very good players in the country. Looking at the way they played, for sure the future is bright. It’s up to the federation to ensure they expose them further through international friendly matches,” he said.

Proper preparations

Going into the second round fixture slated for 9 and 17 November against Cape Verde, the Southampton midfielder called on proper preparations to increase their hopes of edging out the Blue Sharks.

“It will be tough but they are beatable. We should have players summoned to camp early enough and everything taken care of. The coach will for sure get enough time to select his team and train better ahead of the match." 

Kenya will be hosting Cape Verde, a nation ranked 41st on the latest FIFA Ranking in a month's time with the return leg scheduled for a week later.


Vincent Stephen

Twitter: @vincentsopiyo

Email: Vincent@soka.co.ke

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