Francis Kimanzi ready to hand English based defender a call-up to the national team
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Francis Kimanzi ready to hand English based defender a call-up to the national team

Harambee Stars head coach Francis Kimanzi is ready to hand a call up to Crawley Town starlet David Sesay.

Sesay earlier this week in a live Instagram Q&A session admitted that he was open to featuring for Kenya after there were claims that he had turned a call up previously.

Speaking to the Nation Sports, Kimanzi said he was open to handing any player a chance with his problem being in the same players failing to respond to their calls.

"Sesay is a decent player. He is a young and right back and winger. We also have Phillip (Mweene) in Germany and Daniel (Anyembe) in Denmark who have Kenyan roots and can play on the right side of the defence.

“My experience with these players (of Kenyan descent) is that normally they confirm their availability for national team duty in the media but when we call them up officially, they don't respond. So if Sesay is now available, we will give him a chance," Kimanzi said.

Sesay who was born in England has Kenyan roots and was in the books of Premier side Watford FC where he turned professional in 2016; he has been at Crawley since 2018 and had attracted attention from Championship side West Bromwich Albion at one point.

Predominantly a right-back, the player can feature at the right-wing or as a left-back and would be a good addition for Kimanzi who have games in the World Cup Qualifiers and AFCON Qualifiers coming up.