The Harambee Stars of Kenya will play Ghana’s Black Stars on the 8th day of September in a bid to qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) from Group F, and coach Sebastien Migne has already called an initial list of 38 players to camp. Among the 38 set to report to camp on 2nd September is 22 year old Abdallah Hassan who will be in the national team for the first time.
Despite being deployed in the right fullback role in most matches last season, Hassan has this year made a mark upfront for the coastal side and for the team that currently sits second on the 18-team log, only missed two outings. He attributes the determination to push forward to one man.
”I knew this day would come and so I kept on trying harder for my team Bandari. Team Manager Wilson Obungu has been helpful as someone with great experience. He has been a great source of encouragement and now that I have been called up to the national team, I say thanks,” Abdalla tells Soka briefly after the call-up.
Harambee Stars lie second from bottom in the qualifying group after losing the opening clash against Sierra Leone. September opponents Ghana on the other hand sit at the top with a resounding 5-0 victory over Ethiopia.
Abdallah feels he can translate his for to the national team if given a chance.
”First I want to get a feel of the national team, learn a few things from other experienced players. I will however not be afraid if the coach trusts me and I am very ready to use any chance granted to me, the same way I have been doing at Bandari FC,” adds the former Green Palm Academy student who wants to go full professional at the end of the season.
”It is every player’s dream to play in Europe and I am no different, at the end of the year I hope to find myself a chance abroad, even if it means trials because I believe in myself,” he adds.
His club Bandari FC, despite a series of managerial changes, has had a stellar run in the 2018 Kenyan Premier League season and as they sit second to Gor Mahia on the log, have only conceded 14 goals so far, the least in the league. While Hassan uses his pace to keep the opposition in their own half, their defenders it looks, also put in a decent shift at the back.
They are currently on a 4-game winning streak that includes victories over Tusker FC and Gor Mahia FC.