By Angu Lesley
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon.
Kenya and Lakatamia FC’s goalkeeping sensation Kundu Annedy has told kick442.com that the present situation imposed on the world by the Covid-19 pandemic could leave many footballers depressed at the end of it.
Speaking in an exclusive interview this Thursday evening from her base in Cyprus, the former Eldoret Falcons goalkeeper touched on a handful of things.
The current first choice keeper of the Harambe Starlets impressed scouts during the 2019 CECAFA senior women’s competition last November in Tanzania earning a three-year-deal abroad.
“It is a new set up, I must confess, I am still adapting. It is completely different from the Kenya Premier League.
“It is more competitive here and am working double to be ready for the competition:The new Nicosia inhabitant stated
The 22-year-old spent three years on the books Eldoret Falcons in a crucial period of her development as she earned her place between the sticks for the Kenya women’s team and deal abroad.
Like her peers around the world, she is an under-charged player these days. Attempts to avoid contracting the Covid-19 has restricted her to practice sessions from home only.
“It is a very difficult situation and stressful too. Having to work from home is not all that easy. It is my wish to see it end soonest it may make players depressed. In the meantime players must focus on life after it instead of the present. I hope it will end soon. I carryout fitness exercises daily, that keeps me going.
Having come through a very narrow path to hit the streets of Nicosia, the Shilongo native and ex student of the Mugai high school also took advantage of her exchange with this online portal to encourage young African footballers especially female goalkeepers.
“I have come a long way, though I am still a young player. There are basic principles required. Other young players may have heard this but I emphasize on them again;hardwork, determination, discipline, staying focus and involve God in all our activities is key. For the goalkeepers there is nearly no margin for error”:Kundu included.
Daughter of Jane Kundu [former athletes in her school days], Annedy has impressed since she arrived Cyprus. She has featured in two of her clubs four games this season surely close to her mum’s expectation.
Gifted with an ex Athlete as a mum, a teacher as a Dad [Reuben Kundu] and an elder sister excelling in Volleyball, Agripina Kundu, she clearly stated words of advices from these formidable entourage especially her elder sister is helping her growth in the sports industry.
“Agripina is a great Athlete, she remains an important part of my career. She always guides me and encourage me. Having her and mum with a good knowledge of the sports industry is a great advantage, Dad too has been very pushful”
The keeper is one of few from the African continent plying her trade abroad.
She is one of just four Kenyan players plying their trade abroad. She has the luxury of having international colleague Ruth Ingotsi as club mate.
Starlet captain Esse Akida of Besiktas and Corazone Aquino complete the Kenyan quartet that mentors the rest of the girls back home.
Kundu is already thinking about the upcoming 2020 women’s African cup of nations qualifiers and hoping to take Kenya back to the continental scene.
“With the current situation, we don’t know when the qualifiers will take place. We discuss it amongst ourselves, we want to qualify for the competition again” Kundu concluded.
Kenya controversially missed the 2018 competition in Ghana, but the current CECAFA champions will be one of the nation’s to make a serious claim for a place in the next competition whenever the next qualifiers begins.
Kundu’s journey to success is a huge motivation for many young girls back home if not on the continent.
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