After receiving massive criticism from different circles of Kenyan football, Masoud Juma has insisted on having something to offer to the Harambee Stars at the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
The former Kariobangi Sharks striker is currently not attached to any club and has not been involved in active football for close to six months now.
However, his inclusion in the final squad of 23 players triggered a hot debate with most Kenyans feeling that should not have made the cut due to his current inactiveness in football.
“There are those who have been saying that I don’t deserve to be in the team but I am telling them to wait and see what I can do if given a chance to play in the tournament,” Juma told Standard Newspaper.
The striker also said that he is not bothered with his doubters, his only focus is to help the national team, stating he can’t wait for the tournament to start in Egypt.
“I am not really disturbed by what others are saying. I am looking at myself and how best I can get better for the sake of the team.”
“Most people are forgetting that after leaving South Africa, I went to the United Arab Emirates and scored 12 goals in 15 matches, I want to be judged based on the good I have done and there are plenty,” he noted.
Kenya are pooled in Group C along with Algeria, Senegal and Tanzania, however according to Juma, they are not afraid of their opponents and will make it to the knockout stage.
“Most people fear Algeria but we don’t. We will be 11 players each on the pitch and what matters is who wants victory more and in this case, we want it more,” he noted.
Kenya are currently in training camp in France, they will play a friendly game against DR Congo on Saturday before flying out to Egypt where they will lock horns with The Desert Warriors in group C opening game on June 23rd.