“They say take school serious, my education is so important that I don’t take notice that he’s there.”Seeing a young girl who has not reached the age of 16 breastfeeding a crying infant, who seems to need breast milk every hour, in her classroom makes the other girls uncomfortable, they said.“Having a baby looks fun; at least you’ll have someone to play with and bring to school everyday,” stated Louise, a 14 year old who sits next to ‘Tanya,’ who brings her nine month old to school everyday.“It’s embarrassing seeing a young girl like that with a baby; no man will want to marry you if they see that. Plus, when will she get to read her book when he keeps sucking and throwing her books around in the classroom?” asked Ruthie, a young girl who claims she is not in favor of young girls having sex before marriage.The real question in 16-year-old Tanya’s life is: why did she get pregnant if school is her first priority? According to the teen, having a baby is one of the sacrifices she had to make to go to school.“When I enrolled, I needed money to buy uniform to attend and then food to be able to focus while there. People in my community know that I love school very much and have over the years supported my going. This time around, one man saw that I needed things to get in school and offered to help. I couldn’t refuse,” Tanya, whose name has been changed, stated.Tanya had to get over her initial feelings when she started showing, at the age of 15, that she was pregnant. It wasn’t until she was well into her seventh month that she was sent home to deliver her baby. Tanya says she never missed a day of school; she would to school to receive her work and then sit around the cafeteria until classes end.“I always sat where I could hear my teacher teach our lesson; that’s how addicted I am to school,” Tanya stated, “and when they allowed me back, I brought my son with me.”The 9th graders in her class have different feelings towards sex and believe having underage sex is a crime because government has been stern in ensuring that girls under the age of 18 are protected from sexual assault and rape.“Watching Tanya have a baby and then start bringing the baby to school is going against everything the president said,” they added.Meanwhile, Tanya says her education will “continue and hold” despite her baby; and that with her new responsibility as a mother, she believes her education will be more essential now that she is learning for her and the child.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“We need to continue to dream. What I will tell the players is that the dream continues, for the fans and for themselves. We are lucky to participate in this tournament and we need to be happy on the field. To play Senegal and Algeria means we are on the high level and it is fantastic. We have no pressure,” the tactician told Capital Sport in an exclusive interview in Cairo.He added; “I don’t know whether it’s a good draw but what is fantastic for Kenya is that one year ago no one expected us to qualify and now we are here.”Kenya starts its campaign against Algeria on June 23 before facing neighbors Tanzania and Algeria on June 27 and July 1 respectively. These are matches that Migne believes will not be easy at all.Harambee Stars fans cheering the team on at the Kasarani Stadium. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“We play against the number one team in Africa. We have nothing to lose and the only way for us is to try and create something fantastic. It is a huge event for the Kenyan people and we will try to be efficient and compete well,” Migne offered.He added; “Algeria also is not easy. It’s a huge football country with good players. Tanzania will also be a fantastic derby and they are not an easy team. They won 3-0 against Uganda to qualify and that shows their level. It will be three fantastic matches and will try our best to give a good image of Kenyan football.”The best two teams from each group plus the best four third placed teams make it to the knockout stage. With the tournament expanded to 24 teams, the next step after the groups will be the round of 16.Can Kenya make it? Migne believes that is the target.“The target is to move into the next round. We know it will be difficult; we know we are not the favorites but nothing is impossible. We have realized a fantastic qualifier stage with some good results but now we need to confirm that at the tournament,” the tactician stated.Stars will now set off to make arrangements for their pre-AFCON training camp as well as a list of friendly matches they will play during that period.Harambee Stars wingbacks Abud Omar (right) and Erick ‘Marcelo’ Ouma exchange ideas during a training session at the Kasarani Stadium on October 12, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThis week, the coach and Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa will be in Paris, France, to firm up the final plans for the proposed training camp.Migne was forced to look for an alternative after the earlier spot they had picked out was booked by two other teams as they were late to pay with the government remitting money late.“We will work on it and we have been doing so for the last few days. We need to finalize the plans for the location and also the friendly games we will play. We need to have a good preparation if we are to realize a good AFCON and I trust my players that we will be ready,” the tactician stated.Meanwhile, Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa was pleased with the draw and is optimistic Kenya can do well and qualify for the next step.“It is a good draw for us, it is tough, there is work to be done and we will do it. We have to do our best. All the teams there, we can compete with them,” stated Mwendwa who accompanied Migne to the draw alongside Secretary General Robert Muthomi.-Timothy Olobulu is reporting from Cairo, Egypt-0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne during a training session at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on March 19, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaCAIRO, Egypt, Apr 13 – Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne is confident that despite being a tough group for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, his side can dare dream of making it into the knockout stages.Stars are pooled with the best ranked African team Senegal, Algeria and Tanzania in Pool C and Migne says it is a group in which they can fight to get out of if they do everything right.