Suspended Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Vice-Chair Sammy Sholei believes the national team Harambee Stars still has room for improvement despite their 1-2 defeat to South Africa’s Bafana Bafana in Tuesday’s international friendly match, at Nyayo National Stadium.
Malmo FF’s hit-man Tokelo Rantie first half strike and Christopher Wekesa’s own goal handed the visitors the win with Dennis Oliech scoring Kenya’s goal from the penalty after Bongani Khumalo handled the ball in the area.
Playing to impress
However, since a couple of players were making their senior debuts for Stars, the former international has urged the federation to organize more high profile build-up matches for the players to gain valuable experience and exposure.
-We didn’t play to our best in the first three quarters; we struggled and basically the players wanted to impress the crowd, said Sholei to futaa.com.
-We tried to play a smart game we are not used to. It is like our boys were under so much pressure to deliver and also wanted to impress the coach [Henri Michel].
-Victor [Mugubi] showed a lot of maturity together with the young Francis Kahata. The final team that finished the game was a good outfit.
Despite the result, Sholei said the national team still has plenty to work on if they were hoping to find their best form soon.
-The coach [Michel] is trying to see and know the players’ confidence and abilities. I like the Coach’s selection of players and if given the support that he deserves, we will soon get there.
-But, we need to groom strikers. Someone needs to get players with scoring abilities and transfer them to striking, if that's what it takes to make a striker.
-We also need more quality friendly matches for players like Wesley [Kemboi] to gain exposure and confidence. So, I urge the federation to consider taking the team to Uganda for CECAFA, added the former Tusker midfielder.