The premier received the team at his offices after to congratulate them on their good performance last weekend when they beat Guinea Bissau 2-1 to revive hopes of qualifying for 2012 Africa Nations Cup.
Kenya’s chances of making the Gabon and Equatorial Guinea Nations Cup also received a boost when log leaders, Uganda were beaten 2-0 away by Angola in Luanda.
During the visit where Raila gave the team Sh1m for their win, Sh40,000 for each player, the Premier said, “There is a lot of talent in our national team that must be nurtured to mould a more cohesive team capable of playing well and shooting accurately at the goal.”
Noting that the team faces a big challenge when they play the Cranes in Kampala on October 8, Raila urged thorough preparations ahead of the crunch encounter.
He also declared President Mwai Kibaki, would give the team Sh2m for victory against the Cranes.
The Premier told the team to debunk the notion that it cannot play well outside Kenya and aim at achieving good results in their away matches.
He pointed out that some of the team’s undoing come from poor co-ordination as a result of not practicing together before crucial matches adding the team must be facilitated to stay in the camp much longer to build teamwork amongst the players.
Raila at the same time appealed to football fans in the country to travel to Kampala in large numbers to cheer the nation team noting Kenya have a real possibility of qualifying for the Nations Cup if they received material and moral support.
Also present were team officials led by head coach Zedekiah Otieno and Harambee stars Management Board vice-chairman Richard Omwela.