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Amrouche calls for the ‘chill pill’

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AMROUCHE-XINHUANAIROBI, Kenya, March 12- Harambee Stars coach Adel Amrouche has offered Kenyans the patience pill as he strives to put together a side that will face the might of African champions, Nigeria during their next 2014 World Cup qualifier.

Speaking on Tuesday, the Belgian national who assumed the reigns last month also dismissed reports that the national team management was at loggerheads with clubs participating at CAF competitions over the release of their players to his team.

“I cannot judge the 27 players I have now. I will give them time to adapt to my mentality since I work with communication with my players. For now, they have to be open and accept the transfer of my methods.

“We are working to be ready for Nigeria since it is a good game for our national team. It is good motivation for everybody and we take this positive and we hope to give a good presentation and have a good result,” Amrouche said.

He however, urged Kenyans to wait for at least five years so that they can attain the level of a country such as Burkina Faso that went all the way to the final of the 2013 Nations Cup before losing to Nigeria.

“I know Burkina Faso very well since I coached many of their players in Ukraine and Azerbaijan. Just like them, you must work and wait; you cannot put things now and eat for the players to get the players playing at the top level.

“Its all about getting the players to work with a mentality, such as the work I did in Burundi where they were in a position to beat all teams in this area since every coach has a new philosophy, a new system and new methods,” the former Burundi national team coach opined.

“The first objective is to have the players in this country that have quality playing at the same level like in Europe. Before, Burundi used to be beaten by Uganda and Tanzania but that changed.

“The good thing is that Kenya has players playing outside and we shall include this when the time comes but my aim is to work with the ones I have here,” the coach added.

Kenya are at the bottom of Group F of their CAF second round World Cup qualifying group with a point from two matches following a barren stalemate against Botswana at home followed by a 1-0 loss to Namibia away.

Stars are due to clash with the Super Eagles on March 23 at the U. J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar.

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