Harambee Stars striker Masoud Juma has responded to critics who have questioned his selection for Afcon duties.
Juma is part of the striking department that comprises of Sofapaka's John Avire, Club IK Oddevold's Christopher Mbamba and Michael Olunga of Kashiwa Reysol who Sebastien Migne would expect to hunt goals for Kenya in the June-July continental competition in Egypt.
“In 2016 at Sony Sugar, when I was called to the national team, everyone supported me. When I was called to the U23 team while I was at Bandari, everyone also supported me. The criticism only started when I was called up while playing for Kariobangi Sharks, which is associated with the FKF President (Nick Mwendwa). So, I think they don’t hate me,” Juma told the Football Kenya Federation website in France.
Juma had a short stint with Libyan side Al Nasr but could not enjoy enough playtime and ended his association with the Benghazi-based side last month.
“I was hoping that I would do well in Libya but it is unfortunate that the political situation there couldn’t allow me to settle. So, right now I am fully focused on working hard for a place in the final Afcon team and hopefully, things will work out well," added Juma.
Kenya will face Madagascar in a friendly match in Paris on June 7 before playing the Democratic Republic of Congo in the second preparation match in Madrid, Spain on June 15.
Harambee Stars will then fly to Egypt on June 19 before the Afcon's 32nd edition kicks off. The first Group C's rivals for Kenya will be Algeria with Tanzania and Senegal following later before the conclusion of the competition's preliminary stage.
As Kenya re-enter the Afcon stage after a 15-year wait, they will play all their matches at the 30 June Stadium in Cairo.