Kenya will book a ticket to the 2020 Olympic Games, says Emerging Stars goalkeeper, Timothy Odhiambo.
The Ulinzi Stars custodian is among the players who will be tasked with the responsibility of searching for the ever elusive ticket when Kenya kicks off her campaign against Sudan in the Afcon U-23 cum Olympic qualifiers.
“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.
“Being in the national team from the U-20 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 unity and friendship we have, qualifying for the Afcon U-23 and 2020 Olympic Games are very achievable targets.”
Odhiambo has had a gradual growth, starting with the U-20 squad and now with the U-23 side, even though the ultimate dream is to break to the senior rank-Harambee Stars.
“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,” Odhiambo told Ulinzistars.com.
The team, under the tutelage of Francis Kimanzi is expected to report to camp on March 11 ahead of the clash against Sudan nine days later.