20 December 2012

Kenya: Nandwa Feels No Added Pressure After Michel's Exit

Kenya assistant coach James Nandwa feels no added pressure in the wake of the resignation of Frenchman Henri Michel.

Michel's departure leaves the national team Harambee Stars without a substantive head coach. Nandwa who remains in charge of the national team until FKF direct otherwise said he was concentrating fully on the previous mandate handed to him by the Football Kenya Federation.

"I am under no pressure at all because of Michel. I'm only here to fulfill the role given to me by the federation and I am going to try my best and ensure we reach the next stages of the African Nations Championships(CHAN). Beyond that it is out of my hands," he conceded.

With World Cup qualifiers resuming in March just two months after Nandwa leads Kenya in the return leg of the CHAN preliminary round match against Burundi, the former Rangers coach refused to look beyond his current status as assistant coach

"The federation have made it clear what my rol is and I am not willing to be drawn onto matters about my long term future with the national team," he added.

The Kenyan team beaten 1-0 by Burundi last Sunday resumed training on Wednesday with Nandwa calling up five more players from the Stars team that finished second in the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup in Uganda.

"I felt it was important that we had more additions into the squad to give us more options so that we can work on a good strategy to beat Burundi," Nandw explained.

The five players called up included AFC Leopards' Paul Were and Mike Barasa, Gor Mahia trio Rama Salim, defender David Owino and winger Kevin Omondi.

The stars will train for five days then break camp on the 24th for Christmas before resuming training at Kasarani on theDecember 27. The Sta will take another short break for the New Year holidays before returning to gather momentum for the march scheduled for January 5.

"We want the players to stay fit and fresh despite the holidays because we have very little time to prepare and all of them must show the commitment necessary to get a result against Burundi," concluded Nandwa. Stars will be holding two training sessions a day at Kasarani.

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