Timothy: U23 call up another chance at growth

Timothy Odhiambo will be among the players training for the Kenya U23 v Sudan U23 game in the 2020 Olympic Games

Goalkeeper Timothy Odhiambo and midfielder Ibrahim Shambi will be among the players who will start training on Monday 11th March ahead of the clash against Sudan U23 nine days later in the 2020 Olympic Games cum AFCON U23 qualifiers after they were picked in the team headed by Francis Kimanzi.

The two have been regulars in the team and for Odhiambo, this makes for another good chance to keep growing in the game.

For the goalkeeper, the growth has been gradual, getting from the U20 team to the U23 side and he terms it a great favor and motivation. He says it has built several aspects in him as a player and he is keen on paying back the trust he has enjoyed with contribution that would aid the team get to the tournaments.


“It motivates me a lot to know that there’s a top coach out there who believes in my ability and I can say I have enjoyed good mentorship from my club coach and the national team coach as well. This, I consider another great opportunity to keep growing as a keeper.

“Being in the national team from the U20 level has really helped me and for the trust by the coaches who have picked me throughout, I take this as a chance to pay back and I know as a team, with the unity and friendship we have, qualifying for the AFCON U23 and 2020 Olympic Games are very achievable targets,” he said.

The recent years, under the stewardship of Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president, Nick Mwendwa, have been fruitful for Kenya, with two national teams qualifying for the topmost competitions in the continent.

Time for U23 team

The senior men’s team is set to take part in the 2019 AFCON while the senior women’s team was at the 2016 AWCON and Odhiambo is confident the men’s U23 side is well constituted to secure passage to a top competition.

“The senior team has qualified for AFCON, and recently the women’s team went to the AWCON. So now it is our time to fly the Kenyan flag and I trust that with the team we have, this is achievable,” he concluded.

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