Kenya Simbas head coach Paul Odera says he wants to build an effective playing unit in terms of skills and resilience, on and off the pitch.
The Kenya Under 20 boss was confirmed as the Kenya Simbas head coach on 30 May, replacing New Zealand boss Ian Snook who part ways with the team after the World Cup qualifiers Repechage held in France in 2018.
His first provisional saw him pick relatively a young squad, including 12 players from the U20 side. The selection clearly shows the tactician is focused on the long term goal; looking to build a squad that will propel Kenya into the international scene come 2022. And what a better way to do it than to start now.
Injuries, and commitments are some of the reasons that saw some senior players miss out in the squad. Odera is a man contended with the squad on his hands as he intends to build a team that will perform to its level best.
“Our aim technically is to develop individual skills of all the players. There are several skills we want the players in the team to possess. We want to develop players who will be effective in terms of tackles, passing and reading the game. We want to build resilient players who are always pushing themselves to excel on the pitch and off the pitch. That is the culture we want in the squad.” Odera told Scrummage.
The tactician who led Chipu to Barthes cup glory will be looking to replicate his managerial capabilities with the senior team as they face Uganda in the Elgon cup later this month. He hopes the Union will secure more friendlies to help the side test skills.
“So far we only have fixture against Uganda. If we can get three or four more fixtures they will be of value to us but for now we will play the Elgon Cup and wait for more direction from the union.” Odera added.
The first leg of the Elgon cup will be played at the Mamboleo Showground in Kisumu on 22nd June while the return leg will be played in Kampala on the 13th of July where Kenya will be seeking to defend the title.