Harambee Stars coach Adel Amrouche has said self-belief helped the team pick a crucial 2-2 tie against Malawi in Wednesday's World Cup qualifier.
Amrouche speaking after the team landed in Nairobi on Friday morning said he had psyched his players to go for nothing but a positive result against Malawi.
"When we arrived in Malawi, I told my players that we must come back with a positive result. I let the players know that there are over 40million people looking up to them and they had to come back with a good result. This really inspired them and helped us get a good result away," said Amrouche.
The coach further paid glowing tribute to players he had given a chance for the first time in the team and said they had worked hard to show they deserve the opportunity.
"Andrew Murunga scored a brilliant goal because we had worked with him very well during training and gave him the confidence to believe in himself.
“We also had a good show from Jamal Mohammed in midfield and Edwin Lavatsa in front. The local players have shown that we have what it takes to build for the future," Amrouche told Goal.
A host of sponsors also turned to welcome the team at a Nairobi Hotel. Pamela Njuguna, a manager with Credit Bank said the company will continue to help the team.
"Our support is for the long haul and in this regard we have made the decision to open an account for each of the team members and deposit Sh10, 000 in them," she revealed.
Kenya FA President Sam Nyamweya said they are fully behind the technical bench and the team and will continue to give them the best support.
Nyamweya also gave the team Sh150, 000 cash award for their good work.