Sky the limit for fast-ris­ing Un­der-20 player Kengwa

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - SPORT - BY DAVID KWALIMWA dkwal­imwa@ke.na­tion­media.com

Fast-ris­ing Os­car Kengwa (pic­tured) hopes to in­fuse a win­ning men­tal­ity into Kenya Un­der-20 foot­ball team af­ter be­ing called up to the squad.

The Is­lamic Law stu­dent at Raf In­ter­na­tional Uni­ver­sity in Ka­ji­ado County, has been named in the pro­vi­sional team by Foot­ball Kenya Fed­er­a­tion’s tech­ni­cal direc­tor An­dreas Piers, hav­ing been scouted while fea­tur­ing for Al-ahly Spor­tiff at the on­go­ing Chapa Dimba na Sa­fari­com foot­ball tour­na­ment in Ka­ji­ado County.

This six-month long foot­ball com­pe­ti­tion, which con­tin­ues this week­end, aims to iden­tify and nur­ture promis­ing tal­ents from the grass­roots.

Piers and his as­sis­tant Mike Amenga were seem­ingly im­pressed by Kengwa’s ex­ploits, even as the right footed at­tacker scored seven times in four games at the Ka­ji­ado County fi­nals.

The 19-year-old’s goals came against Oleka­ji­ado Youth, Mwangaza FC, Ol-kalou FC and Bisan United, ef­forts that have also landed him a trial at Sport­pesa Pre­mier League side Kar­i­obangi Sharks.

“I still have alot to do, I need to work harder and use my left foot more, that’s what the coaches told me,” the Orok High School alum­nus ex­plained.

“For now, I want to score goals for the na­tional team and help them win matches. The team has not won games of­flate.”

Kenya’s U20 side was elim­i­nated from the 2017 Africa Cup of Na­tions cum World Cup qual­i­fiers in the open­ing round last year de­spite draw­ing 1-1 away to Su­dan in the open­ing phase.

Kengwa, mean­while, is also tar­get­ing an op­por­tu­nity to play in the top flight foot­ball league next year.

De­spite his team hav­ing faced elim­i­na­tion at the County stage of the tour­na­ment by Nakuru All Stars youth team in the fi­nal, Kengwa also hopes to be among the lucky few play­ers who will be se­lected to travel to Eng­land to meet and train along­side Haram­bee Stars cap­tain Vic­tor Wanyama in March next year.

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