Kimanzi gives 8/10 rating to CECAFA squad

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Francis Kimanzi in deep thought during a training session at the Lugogo Arena in Kampala, Uganda on December 9, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 23 – Despite suffering one of the biggest defeats in recent times for the national team, Harambee Stars head coach Francis Kimanzi says he was pleased overall with the performance of his squad at the tourney where Stars finished third.Kimanzi’s charges won all its group stage matches, but were handed a shock 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Eritrea before bouncing back with a 2-1 win over Tanzania to clinch bronze. “To be honest, with the amount of time we had to prepare, I give them eight out of 10. Look at what they did in the group stages; three matches three wins. Knockout stage was a disappointment but look at what they did in the third and fourth. They played good football and won comfortably. It shows development,” the tactician told Capital Sport.“The most important thing is that you learn from the tournament. The mentality, the pressure of success with young players and also with new players that you have been admiring and waiting to give them an opportunity. This was also something for development,” Kimanzi further added.Harambee Stars players line up before their CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup semi-final against Eritrea at the Lugogo Arena on December 17, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKimanzi now says the players have thrown him a bigger challenge when he sets out to build a group for next year’s 2021 African Cup of Nations and 2022 World Cup qualifiers.“We are moving somewhere and it’s a huge question they have thrown to me in terms of ‘I am available even for the bigger selections and maybe I can challenge the bigger guys’. It’s a different stage because it is a stage of men and it will be interesting to see how they fare,” the tactician offered.Among the plauers who proved their worth in the tournament include Ulinzi Stars striker Oscar Wamalwa who was the tournament top scorer with three goals and two assists and Kimanzi has openly stated his admiration for the lanky former Bidco United man.Wamalwa has shown that his form at the championship was no mere fluke as he scored twice playing for Ulinzi Stars in their 4-0 win over Zoo Kericho in a Kenyan Premier League match on Sunday.Harambee Stars forward Oscar Wamalwa celebrates his goal against Zanzibar during their CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup Group B match at the Lugogo Complex in Kampala, Uganda on December 14, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“I think I am really impressed with him and he is the kind of guy who can help us solve our problems upfront. We have also been wondering who can help Olunbga (Michael) or Jesse (Were) and now he has thrown himself at us,” he said.Adding; “I would love to see him developing more at the club level and hopefully they can continue giving him more opportunities and good coaching. He is someone that can really help us next year.”Another player who has impressed the tactician is Sweden-based midfielder Antony Wambani.The former Bandari man has not had much playing time in Sweden and the tactician gave him a chance to prove his worth.“I called him up just one month after the league in Sweden ended and for me that was a great sacrifice because he was with his family enjoying his rest and he agreed to come. He has shown that he can fight with men and though we don’t have a deficiency in that area, he has given us a challenge that he can come and compete,” Kimanzi noted.The tactician now hopes the players can keep their form at club level and he believes the squad depth will be immense heading into the new year.0Shares0000(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Man United enter £100m Pogba talks, Klopp to ditch EIGHT Liverpool stars? GOSSIP

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers and online…The agent of Paul Pogba, Mino Raiola, will hold talks with Juventus after Euro 2016 to see if he can broker a deal for the player to leave the club and join either Manchester United or Real Madrid. José Mourinho hopes United will meet the player’s demands of €15.6m a year in an attempt to move ahead of Real in the chase for the player. (Guardian)United chief executive Ed Woodward has already begun negotiations that could see Pogba return to Old Trafford in a world record deal worth £100m. Juventus want to keep hold of the 23-year-old, but would find it hard to resist such a deal, which would see Pogba earning up to £300,000 a week at the club he left in 2012. (SkySports)Arsenal have held talks over a move for Alexandre Lacazette at Lyon but are reluctant to pay the French club’s asking price. Lyon want at least £42million for Lacazette and do not need to sell after defender Samuel Umtiti joined Barcelona for £21m. (Daily Mail)Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is planning to ship out at least eight more players this summer. Christian Benteke, Jordon Ibe, Martin Skrtel, Mario Balotelli and Joe Allen are set to be among the departures. (Daily Mirror)Leicester City are to finalise the £18million signing of Ahmed Musa from CSKA Moscow after he arrived for a medical. The deal for the 23-year-old Nigeria international will be announced at the weekend and he hopes to join up with his new team-mates for their training camp in Austria next week. (Daily Mail)Middlesbrough have flown in Borussia Dortmund’s Serbian centre half Neven Subotic for talks. Boro boss Aitor Karanka hopes to win the race for the defender, who will quit the Bundesliga this summer after deciding he wants to try England. Dortmund want a sale rather than a loan but Boro hope to find a deal that works and could sign him for a season with a view to a full time move. (The Sun)Everton have opened talks with Utrecht over their striker Sebastien Haller. The France U21 international was the subject of failed bids from Norwich City and Swansea in January and has been monitored by Ajax, Tottenham, Sunderland, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace over the past season. (Daily Mail)Radja Nainggolan has confirmed he will stay at Roma this summer despite a strong pursuit from Chelsea. (Daily Express)West Ham striker Diafra Sakho has handed in a transfer request. The 26-year old was the subject of an £11million bid from Sunderland last month but manager Sam Allardyce is considering switching attention to Lorient forward Benjamin Moukandjo. (Daily Mail)Davide Santon is set to join Sunderland from Internazionale with a medical apparently the only obstacle between the Italy full-back and a £4m return to the north-east, where he played for Newcastle United. (Guardian)Leeds midfielder Lewis Cook will have a medical at Bournemouth on Friday before sealing a £6m move to the Premier League side. (Daily Telegraph)And here are the latest headlines…?Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp plotting raid on former club Borussia Dortmund for Jakub BlaszczykowskiManchester United: Paris Saint-Germain considering move for Bastian SchweinsteigerN’Golo Kante and Moussa Sissoko on Juventus’ radar as Italian champions target new midfielderChelsea BLOW! Lyon beat Blues in race to sign highly-rated Argentine defender Emanuel MammanaCrystal Palace move to beat Tottenham to signing of Serie A playmaker Franco VazquezEverton and Galatasaray among clubs interested in signing Wales striker Hal Robson-Kanulast_img read more