It has so far been a worthwhile experience at the Kenya U23 national team for midfielder Ibrahim Shambi and after picking a full 90 minutes in the first leg of the game against Mauritius in the 2019 AFCON U23 qualifiers.
The midfielder is confident of becoming a better player from the lessons picked in the national team.
He partnered Sofapaka FC’s Teddy Osok in midfield in the game and the two did a tidy job, grabbing an assist each and he will be keen to replicate the same when he resumes club duty after the return leg set for Sunday 18th November in Mauritius.
“It is good experience for me and it helps me grow because with what I have learned here I am sure I will be a better player. I want to cement my place not just in the national team but in the club as well. This is a great chance also because earlier I worked with coach Kimanzi but now the senior team coach (Sebastien) Migne is also involved and I have gained a lot,” he said.
Of the national team’s chances, Shambi says they have established Mauritius’ weak areas and will be out to exploit the same in the Sunday game.
“We are confident; we believe we will win because after playing them here we know their weaknesses and going there, who knows, we may hit them more than what we did at home,” he added.