By Gilbert Wandera
Nandwa, who was former coach Francis Kimanzi’s assistant four years ago, put together mostly unknown players and they still brought positive results against a well drilled opposition.
There were many positives from the results, one of them being that finally the country’s strikers can actually score goals.
Prior to Thursday’s three-goal win, the team had not scored in 270 minutes.
Another positive that can be drawn from the match is the emergence of rookies like Sony Sugar’s forward Enock Agwanda.
Agwanda was plucked from the national Under-20 side after Gor Mahia declined to release Rama Salim and he had a hand in all three goals on Thursday.
Nandwa was a delighted man that his experiment had worked and insists that there is need to take risks as this is the only way to grow.
“We did not have the players we wanted. The time was short to put together a credible line-up, but we still managed to succeed. We must be willing to take risks with our players because this way we will discover those who can bring glory to the country,” he said.
On Thursday, Botswana were the first to score in the 18th minute through Tebogo Sembowa. But Eugine Asike will take the blame for allowing Pontsho through to feed the lurking Sembowa, who easily struck home off the base of the upright.
The Kenyans were more energised in the second half and it was Sony forward Enock Agwanda, who destroyed the visitors with his dangerous throw-ins.
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