Snodia Mikiri, Sports Reporter
WARRIORS forward Ovidy Karuru says they are not underrating Somalia ahead of today’s 2022 World Cup qualifier at the National Sports Stadium.
Karuru was not part of the squad that lost in Somalia – 1-0 in the first leg.
He received a late call up together with Khama Billiat.
“Nowadays there is no team called a small team. Those lowly ranked teams are shocking us on a daily basis.
“We underrate the so called small teams at our own cost. We have to keep our cool and play our part, we should avoid looking down at our opponents.
“We don’t want to repeat the same mistake we did in the first leg. We have to respect our opponent and judge them after the game,” said Karuru.
Karuru said football has evolved and even the small teams can post surprises.
“Some people were asking me how could we lose to such a team but that is football. It has changed over the years and there is no longer a small team.
“We have to focus and deliver, that is our only option.
“We have learnt our lesson the hard way and we should use that knowledge to our advantage,” he added.
Karuru said he is happy to bounce back and promised to deliver.
“I would like to thank the coaches for the call up. It shows they still have confidence in me and coming back into the game is a wakeup call to us as players.
“Everyone is well prepared for this game, we all have to rise to the game and show character.
“We have to win it for the nation after losing it in the first leg, it was a disgrace, and we have to win this one at all cost,” he said.
Coach Joey Antipas said having Karuru is a big boost.
“Ovidy is a quality player, I believe in him and I know he can motivate his teammates to come up with good results.
“He has experience and that is a plus on our side.
“He is what the national team needs,” said Antipas.