The Kenya U15 national team will register massive developmental steps after participating in the U16 Mediterranean International Cup in Spain, says head coach David Ouma, who led the juniors to the competition.
The team posted three wins and two losses at the competition, bowing out at the quarterfinals stage at the hands of French side ASM Belfortaine and returned on Tuesday 21 April.
Ouma, on arrival admitted that the test at the tournament was worthwhile and he assured that the lessons picked will be crucial for the lads’ growth in football.
“Participating in the tournament was a big plus for us because it brings together a number of top youth teams. The tournament has been running for 19 years and it means quality teams have been taking part.
“We have been working on this team for two and a half years and we took a younger team to an U16 tournament and with the performance in Spain; winning three matches and losing two, I believe we have been well tested and we are on the right track,” he noted.
Harel Gil, the team’s striker admitted they suffered at the tournament because their competitors were a bit bigger, but sounded optimistic of the future.
“I am sure by the time we get to 18 years we will be the same size as them and we will be able to match them. Technically and tactically we played better than them but when it came to things like aerial balls, that is where we suffered the most but those are things that will pass obviously,” he said.
The team is put up on a homeschooling program at the Federation’s National Center of Excellence. Its focus now shifts to the FKF Elite League where the team currently sits top of the table