Kenya optimistic ahead of Botswana clash

Former international looking forward to help national team overturn a 3-0 defeat against ‘Baby Zebras’ and progress to next round of the qualifiers


Harambee Stars coach Bobby Williamson with assistant Musa Otieno

Harambee Stars assistant coach Musa Otieno is hopeful that U-23 will overturn the three goal deficit against Botswana and progress to the next round of All African Games qualifiers.

A brace from striker Omaatla Kebatho and a goal from midfielder Kabelo Seakanyeng gave the ‘Baby Zebras’ an advantage over their counterparts during the first leg, but the former Harambee Stars skipper is optimistic Kenya has a chance to progress. Kenya face Botswana in return leg match at Nyayo Stadium on Saturday.

“During the first leg, we lost concentration in the second half and had to pay the price for it. Botswana is a good side but I believe we are better. The team has a chance to progress. All we have to do is to deploy an offensive formation and at the same time be stable defensively,” Otieno told Goal.

“Discipline and patience is vital, remember they scored their goals in less than 45 minutes, we have more than 90 minutes to make things even and get one more goal to send us through. It is a test of character which we intend to pass with flying colors.

“All I am asking from the fans is to come on the pitch, cheer us to the maximum and give the boys the motivation they need to perform. With them in the stadium, will be an added advantage to us and we will definitely give our best.”