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World Cup qualifier: Pressure mounts on Kenya coach

Kenya coach, Adel Amrouche is worried that his preparations for the crucial June 5 World Cup qualifier against the Super Eagles is not up to a full speed as some club coaches have refused to release their players for training.

Ikechukwu Uche, who scored a goal against Ethiopia scored yet another goal against Kenya.Photo courtesy supersport
Ikechukwu Uche, who scored a goal against Ethiopia scored yet another goal against Kenya.Photo courtesy supersport

Besides, he foresees his team struggling against the Super Eagles as Kenya has not played any friendly since their 1-1 draw against the Eagles in Calabar.

“Harambee Stars have a very tough task ahead of them and we all want to see them succeed. We should therefore work together toward realizing that objective because this team belongs to the Kenyans.

“Since we played against Nigeria, we have not had a single friendly match and we need to work with players for a few hours each week in order to gauge our preparedness,” lamented the coach.

The Kenyans were hoping to play the Black Stars of Ghana on May 29 in a friendly that will prepare them for the match but the Ghanians pulled out leaving the Harambee stars stranded.  The Algeria-born Belgian coach also revealed his frustration on the interference by Kenya football officials in the selection of his team.

“I am in charge of the national team and as such, I have the last word on who gets called up and who does not. When I call up any player—foreign or home-based – I do that by confirming through an email signed by me and my two assistants, James Nandwa and Ken Odhiambo.

Anything else just causes confusion,” Amrouche explained.

 


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