- Crawley Town’s English defender David Sesay has had a change of heart on playing for Kenya despite declining a call up by the then stars coach, Sebastien Migne for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nation in Egypt.
Responding to questions from his fans on the English club’s official Twitter account on Wednesday, the English League Two defender said that he is now ready to answer a call-up
He confirmed, “I will a hundred percent accept the call up from Kenya.”
“Kenya is where my mum comes from. It is my heritage. Last time I had just broken into the first team here and was playing games in a row,” said Sesay.
He continued to explain, “It was a difficult decision in turning down the opportunity to compete at the Africa Nations Cup in Cairo. We were not in the best position in the league. Some media outlets in Kenya said I declined the call-up, that wasn’t the case. I think those that needed to understand my decision did understand.”
Kenya lost to eventual finalists Senegal and Algeria, beating their neighbors rivals Tanzania in Group “C”. Sesay insisted he did not decline. He wanted to focus on helping his side battle relegation at the time.
If Kimanzi hand the West Bromwich Albion-target a chance in his team means he will have to fight for a starting position at left-back. With the Sweden based defender Eric “Marcelo” Ouma, and veteran Aboud Omar who is unattached being the strong counterparts in the left-back position.
This might be the perfect timing for the defender as Stars face a congested fixture period when the Coronavirus pandemic is curbed. Kimanzi will be lining up to face Comoros, Egypt, and Togo in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Also, the team is pooled alongside Uganda, Rwanda, and Mali in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.