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Nondi eyes permanent Harambee Stars role

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“It has been a good season for me because I have found some playing time at the club and also got several call ups to the national team. I have not yet made a break into the final squad but I am working hard to be there,” Nondi said.

“It has been a good season for me because I have found some playing time at the club and also got several call ups to the national team. I have not yet made a break into the final squad but I am working hard to be there,” Nondi said.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 29- Gor Mahia youngster Amos Nondi hopes his rise into the senior team as well as frequent call ups to the national football team Harambee Stars can inspire him emulate Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama.

Nondi, who is the immediate former Harambee Stars U-20 skipper, has attributed his rise to self belief and speaking to Capital Sport, the 19-year-old says he has only begun.

“It has been a good season for me because I have found some playing time at the club and also got several call ups to the national team. I have not yet made a break into the final squad but I am working hard to be there,” Nondi said.

“Definitely my target is to be a regular and move into the big European Leagues like our captain Victor. I haven’t had time to train with him because every time I have been called up, he links up with the team later on. But it is something I am looking forward to; learning from him will be a big plus,” the youngster stated.

The attacking midfielder started his career at Gor Mahia’s youth team before being loaned out to Sony Sugar last year to pick up vital Premier League experience.

At the beginning of the season, he returned to Nairobi and was immediately promoted to the senior side where he has been a frequent figure on the match day squad.

“He is still growing with a lot of potential and I am pleased with what he is doing so far. But we have to give him time. I am happy with what he is doing so far,” his coach at Gor Jose Marcelo Ferreira asserted.

Nondi says the push from his colleagues and local coaches have helped him work harder and he expects to grow even higher as time goes on.

“Most of the time it is all about the mentality. If you think you can, then you can. I have been pushed hard by my team-mates to work harder every day. Coach Kamau (John) who was with me in the Under-20 team has also encouraged me to work harder and I also have that urge to be better,” Nondi added.

Nondi has also received praise from Stars head coach Stanley Okumbi who has been impressed by the hard work he has been putting in training and is earmarked as one of the players to be handed their full debuts in November during the CECAFA Championship.

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