NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s youth team are capable
of qualifying for their first Africa U-17 Cup of Nations
tournament, head coach Michael Amenga told Xinhua on Friday.
optimism in the team’s chances at the upcoming 2019 Africa U17
Cup of Nations CECAFA Region Qualifying tournament, which will
be held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from Aug. 11-26.
The country has not
qualified for this age-based competition and the coach said they
have made changes in their selections and youth structure, which
have yielded improvement in performances critical to spur the
team to glory in Tanzania.
The team has pitched
its training camp in Nairobi and has been in residential
preparations since July 26.
“There has been
steady improvement in the team both physically and tactically,”
said Amenga on Friday after his team lost 5-2 to a Kenyan
Premier League side Posta Rangers in a buildup friendly match in
The team had earlier
forced a barren draw with Gor Mahia Youth team before edging out
preparations, I am confident that we can post positive results
at the Under-17 CECAFA regional championship in Tanzania and
record better our show than what we had in Bujumbura in April,
where Kenya was fourth,” he added.
Kenya has been
pooled in Group B alongside Uganda, Ethiopia, South Sudan and
Djibouti in the 10-nation tournament in Dar es Salaam. Group A
comprises hosts Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, and Sudan.
The winner of the
tourney will get a chance to represent the CECAFA region in the
Africa U17 Cup of Nations set to be held in Tanzania in May