Kimanzi confident in new call ups as he lines up second game in charge

Harambee Stars head coach Francis Kimanzi will be sending out his charges to face Mozambique in an international friendly match on Sunday 13 October and in his second match in charge since returning for a third stint, he has a number of new faces in the team.

Goalkeepers Timothy Odhiambo and Ian Otieno are among the new blood injected in the squad, along with Tusker defender Hillary Wandera, and the coach is confident they will slot in well as he draws a long term plan for the team.

Kimanzi applauded the effort the new call ups have showed in training and reiterated faith that they wouldn’t disappoint in the task ahead.

New players

Quoted on Football Kenya Federation website as the team wrapped up preps for the game at MISC Kasarani, coach Kimanzi said, “The new players in the team are doing well in training and we hope to see the same confidence as they play for the National team.

“We are ready to participate in tomorrow’s friendly and get a positive result.” he noted.

Team captain, Victor Wanyama, who returns after missing the September friendly match against Uganda, emphasized on what the coach said while also urging fans to come out in numbers and motivate the team.

Fans

“I believe we have had a good session in the camp and are ready to get a positive result. I, therefore, urge fans to show up in large numbers to support and motivate the players.” Wanyama said

In his first match in charge, against Uganda in September, which ended 1 – 1, Kimanzi called up new names in Atariza Amai, Lawrence Juma, Collins Agade, Boniface Muchiri and Samuel Olwande.

With the friendly matches, Kimanzi is looking to build a formidable side for the upcoming 2021 AFCON qualifiers.