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Football | Kenya

Tom Olaba @ SS com

Olaba concerned with standards



Former Harambee Stars head coach and AFC Leopards’ assistant coach Tom Olaba has expressed concern over the level of football in the country at the moment.

According to the experienced coach, Kenya is still way below the expected standards in terms of development and a lot needs to be done to change the state of affairs.

Speaking after Harambee Stars’ shock elimination from the African Nations Championships by Burundi, the coach expressed his displeasure.

“The truth of the matter is that we are far off and we need to make major strides toward the right direction before it is too late,” he said.

“The loss was just an indicator of how bad it has gotten and the administrators need to take note of these factors.”

The coach had warned that the national team needed to be very careful before the match, since their opponents were already leading into the return leg match. Olaba warned Stars to stay alert and score an early goal, insisting that Burundi were also determined to make a mark in the match.

“Stars should concentrate on the three important moments of the game; when they have possession, when their opponents have possession and during transition in possession,” he said.

The Swallows managed to lock out Harambee Stars, denying them a goal, while the hosts also failed to convert the chances that they got – thus allowing the visitors to sail through courtesy of their 1-0 win in the first leg.

Olaba believes that this should be treated as an urgent matter in order to save the state of the national team in the future.

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