Kenyan youngsters looking to learn at CECAFA

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The Kenyan Under-15 team will look to pick up valuable lessons when they take part in the first ever CECAFA Under-15 Championship set to be staged in Asmara, Eritrea beginning Friday. The team arrived in Eritrea on Tuesday afternoon ready for the Championship.

Head coach Sagar Lakhani says the Championship will give the team a platform to gauge itself against regional sides, something that will give them space to learn on what to improve moving forward.

"We have a good team and our expectation is that we learn as much as possible" sAGAR lAKHANI

“The team is looking good and we are excited ahead of this Championship. We have a good team and our expectation is that we learn as much as possible. This is an avenue to prepare the boys for the future as we look at a platform to build on,” the tactician noted.

He added; “We look to play some entertaining and exciting football and I need the boys to love and enjoy this experience. To stay in the game longer, you need to enjoy the game.”

Kenya has been pooled alongside hosts Eritrea, Burundi and Somalia. They will begin their campaign against Somalia on Friday before playing Burundi on Monday and winding up their campaign against the home side next Friday.

Skipper James Gachagwa believes the team is well prepared and says they will go in to give their best and ensure they come back home with a medal around their necks.

“This is a good experience for us to gauge ourselves against our neighbors. The mentality in every game is to go and win and we want to go and learn as much as possible. We want to improve our tactical and technical knowledge of the game and also how to deal with pressure at the high level,” Gachagwa noted.

He added; “We are not afraid of the competition but we will go in and give our best.”

The team has been together from the start of the year, training and home-schooling under the Football Kenya federation flagship centre of excellence. They have so far participated in two tournaments, in Southampton, United Kingdom last year and was in Spain for an invitational tourney this year.