Confidence lessons for Harambee Stars in Brazil
The national soccer team Harambee stars today watched Ghana verses Portugal game in Brasilia, Brazil where they eventually emerged with a sense of renewed confidence in their style and ability of play.
Speaking after the captivating encounter between the Black stars of Ghana and the Portuguese side, Kenya`s captain Fredrick Onyango said the team players who got the opportunity to be in Brazil have undoubtedly improved their confidence..
Onyango, who plays for Gor Mahia football club acknowledged that the players watched the International players perform in front of them and realized that self-confidence and determination made the difference between a losing and winning side in any match.
“My team mates, especially the young and upcoming players could not believe that the so called international players did not portray extra ordinary techniques or style but rather relied on their confidence and experience”, Onyango acknowledged.
Appreciating President Uhuru Kenyatta`s personal sponsorship of the team to watch the event live in Brazil, Onyango said today`s match has changed the perception of players regarding international players – players who rely heavily on their self-confidence.
President Kenyatta personally sponsored the team to Brazil at a cost of 10.4 million shillings as a way of building their confidence besides giving them a chance to evaluate and weigh themselves against international soccer giants.
The trip is partly a reward for the stars’ win of the CECAFA championships last year..
The Kenyan Ambassador to Brazil Amb. Kirimi Kaberia said it is a privilege and honour to host the national football team in Brazil even though the team is not participating in the World Cup.
“This is a learning and sharing opportunity for us as an Embassy and for the Harambee Stars. Brazil is renowned for its prowess in soccer and therefore the Kenyan team can learn a lot from the soccer giants,” said Amb. Kirimi.