- The Harambee Stars coach, Francis Kimanzi has responded to the readiness of Crawley Town star, David Sesay. He said he is ready to offer him a chance to stake a claim with Harambee Stars.
Kenya will be engaged in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations and 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification matches.
Though Sesay didn’t positively respond to then Stars coach Sebastien Migne’s call-up for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt, Sesay is now ready. “I will 100 percent accept the call up from Kenya,” Sesay confirmed.
The ex-Chelsea and Watford youngster, who can also play as a left-back and on either side of the wing, has been in impressive form since joining the League Two side (Crawley). He was recently voted as the club’s Young Player of the Season.
“He is a young right back and winger. We also have Phillip (Mweene) in Germany and Daniel (Anyembe) in Denmark who have Kenyan roots and can play on the right side of the defence. My experience with these players (of Kenyan descent) is that normally they confirm their availability for national team duty in the media but when we call them up officially, they don’t respond. So if Sesay is now available, we will give him a chance,” Kimanzi said
“The ideal plan is to have an experienced Europe-based footballer in each position and have him compete for a starting position with the best in the Kenyan Premier League or an Africa-based player,” said the stars’ coach.
“From our experience at the Nations Cup in Egypt, we need to assemble a stronger squad to have a chance of competing.
“For example, we have Victor (Wanyama) who is our most experienced player even though he hasn’t been playing much. He can be challenged by Anthony Akumu, who has moved to a very competitive team and league in South Africa,” Kimanzi added.
The Kenya experienced coach, who is on his third stint with the national team also acknowledges how difficult the situation is at the moment. As the sports activities are still suspended amid the pandemic Covid19, he is hopeful the Game will kick off soon.