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Under-20 football side eyes Rio Olympics

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KINGATUA-ETHIOPIANAIROBI, Kenya, December 17 – Football Kenya Federation (FKF) technical director Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee, has confirmed they will retain the national Under-20 team that reached the finals of Cosafa Cup and form the Under-17 side ahead of 2016 Olympics Games in Rio.

Speaking when the team was hosted to a luncheon by SuperSport and GOtv on Monday, the former Harambee Stars tactician added FKF will also retain Thika United coach John Kamau, to steer the junior national team.

“We have many tournaments coming including the Olympics qualifiers, some of the players will have surpass the under 20 age category by  next year and that’s why we are thinking of forming the under 17.

“I’m very impressed with Under-20 coach Kamau, since he has proved himself from the junior level and now people can see the fruits that he has brought to our country.

“We are working very closely with the national team and that’s why it’s easy for us to access the players. I’m happy that Adel Arouche has said he will be watching the junior team so that he can promote some of the players to the senior team,” the technical director confirmed.

Kamau who guided the boys to the finals of the just concluded Cosafa Under-20 Championships held in Lesotho, was very grateful to his club Thika for giving him the chance to tutor the age side.

“It was a plus to the nation and to the youngsters, it was a brilliant performance; this was a good platform for them to show case their talent.

“All that I’m urging FKF is that we should have a forum where there is progression from the juniors all the way to the senior team.

“I really appreciate my club for giving me the opportunity to work with young players and I know the chemistry of the boys, that’s why I prepared them mentally and tactically which played a big role to our success,” Kamau, who was at the helm of the outfit for the first time, added.

Kenya who beat third finishers Angola 2-0 in the semis, lost to South Africa by the same score in the decider.

The team comprised of Kenyan Premier League players like, Gor Mahia forward Timona Joseph Wanyonyi, AFC Leopards Patilla Omotto, Thika United’s Sammy Meja, Sofapaka’s Enock Agwanda among others who plays in the nationwide.

Meanwhile at the same function, Cecafa Secretary General Nicholas Musonye, presented senior side Harambee Stars with their prize money after winning the just concluded GOtv Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup by beating Sudan 2-0 in the finals played in Nairobi Thursday.

“Cecafa organisers sat down after the competition and decided that Amrouche was the coach of the tournament, since he led the national team all the way to the trophy unbeaten,” Musonye declared.

Kenya received Sh2,590,499.09 (USD 30,000) for winning the regional show piece while each player received a GOtv decoder courtesy of SuperSport.

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