Joash: Getting a chance in Harambee Stars was hard under local coaches
Joash: Getting a chance in Harambee Stars was hard under local coaches
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Joash: Getting a chance in Harambee Stars was hard under local coaches

Harambee Stars defender Joash Onyango has taken a small dig at former local coaches who managed Harambee Stars at the criteria they used in giving call ups.

 Onyango who has been a stalwart under the current head coach Sébastien Migne said the Frenchman has been a fair coach in matters call ups as he has treated everyone in the same way a move, he feels has created a proper cohesion in the team.

“Since his (Migne’s) arrival, things have changed and I have to thank him. For a long time, and this is not in bad faith, it was hard to be given a chance to feature for the national team under the local coaches.

“When he came, he gave me my first call up in the friendlies against Guinea and Swaziland. The way he has treated everyone since his arrival has created a lot of cohesion in the team” Onyango said in an interview with the Football Kenya Federation.

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Onyango who is fondly remembered for his display against Ghana at home in the qualification process remembers the day vividly.

“We had the team meeting as usual before the game and to be sincere I didn’t expect to play with the likes of Calabar (David Owino), Cheche (David Ochieng) and Musa (Mohammed). When the squad was named and I was told I was to start, I just made myself ready and promised to give my best for the team.

On the red card, Joash added: “I didn’t expect a red card because I didn’t know I was the last man. In the field of play, my work is always to prevent the opposition striker from scoring and that was my major concentration when the opponent approached. I had to take him down outside the box and at the back of my mind, I knew it was just another foul outside the box.

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“They put us under pressure as they looked for an equalizing goal and the red card then was not something that pleased me. I was only relieved after the final whistle and looking back, I’m glad that I made a contribution.”

Onyango will be hoping he can replicate the same performances he did against Ghana when Stars take on Algeria in their opening game in the AFCON.

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