Home ground favours Kenya

2010-09-24 12:11

After eliminating the fancied Amajita of South Africa in the Africa Youth Championships qualifiers, Kenya, minnows in this division, now stand in the way of Lesotho’s under-20 team appearing in the finals.

The Kenyan camp was this week confident of making it to the youth championships in Libya next year.

“This is one of the best youth teams ever assembled in Kenya in years.

“I feel proud and honoured to have taken them to this level. We have to win and make history by becoming the first Kenyan youth team to qualify for the continental youth games,” said team coach Vince Ombiji.

Innocent Mutiso, Kenya’s under-20 captain, was also full of optimism ahead of the match.

“Captaining this team to the Africa Youth Championships will be a big achievement for me.

“We are working as a family towards achieving our dream of playing in Libya,” he said.

However, soccer analysts view Ombiji’s and Mutiso’s buoyancy with caution.

Both teams boast an abundance of talent, with Kenya relying more on 19-year-old dangerman Paul Were while Lesotho will pin their hopes on Lehlomela Ramabele.

Were, although immensely talented, is fast becoming the enfant terrible of Kenyan football.

He was recently expelled by his league club, Harambee Stars, for ill-discipline while the under-20 team has not wholly embraced him.

However, all this has not dampened his spirit ahead of tomorrow’s match.

“I want to play in the Africa Youth Championships. It will be our chance to show the rest of the world that there is real talent in Kenya,” he said.

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