Stars back from Brazil, ready for weekend Lesotho match
Speaking on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 1.00am Monday, Harambee stars captain Jeremy Onyango said the tour has been a blessing to the entire team since they have learnt valuable lessons in football.
Onyango, who is set to lead Harambee Stars against Lesotho in a 2015 Africa Cup Of Nations pre-qualifier on July 19th in Maseru , said the tour has given them a reason to believe in themselves.
He expressed confidence the lessons they learnt in Brazil will give them an upper hand during the forthcoming crucial qualifier match.
“Seeing is believing. We watched international players from the terraces and we have realized that they do not possess extraordinary skills far from what we have. We only need to believe in ourselves and we will do it,” said an upbeat Onyango.
The national team travelled to Brazil courtesy of President Kenyatta`s personal sponsorship as a reward for winning the CECAFA champions cup last year.
The President sponsored the team of 16 players and four members of the technical bench including FKF Technical director Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulei to watch captivating matches in the ongoing 20th edition of the World Cup at a cost of Ksh 10.4 million.
Besides watching football matches in Brasilia’s Estadia National Stadium, the team also visited various sports facilities in the Brazilian capital.
Kenya`s Ambassador to Brazil, Kirimi Kaberia, who hosted the team, said a number of measures will be undertaken so that the players learn more soccer skills from Brazil.
“We must learn and keep learning from this South American soccer giant that truly possesses some of the best talents in the world,” said Kaberia.
Ambassador Kiberia also disclosed that plans are at an advanced stage to give an opportunity to retiring Harambee Stars players to take up training courses in Brazil.
He added that they are also planning arrange exchange programs for players to improve the standard of football in Kenya.
He said the new plans will be anchored by the strong bilateral relationships between Kenya and Brazil.
Appreciating President Uhuru’s sponsorship, Mulei said the historic gesture has given them firsthand exposure to the best football display in the world.
“We are so elated that we got to travel to watch the world’s best football spectacle. We made the longest journey that I believe will bear the greatest fruits in the coming years. We are most greatful to the Head of State for his support and for believing in us,” Mulei said.