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David Mosambayi: We won’t underestimate Thailand

13 October 2016

So far, in the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup, Kenya have been quite the team to watch out for. In their opening match, they defeated Poland 54-48 and then followed it up with a spirited performance against mighty Iran, losing narrowly 28-33. At the moment, the East Africans are considered to be the second favourites from Group B to qualify for the semi-finals. 

As they get set to take on Thailand next, Kenya would be wary of their opponents who are coming off a massive win over Poland themselves (65-25). We caught up with Kenya skipper David Mosambayi for a tête-à-tête ahead of this tournament-defining challenge. Excerpts:

Q: David, your team has had an eventful start to the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup. What are your thoughts ahead of the match versus Thailand?

A: First of all, you must not underestimate your opposition. Living by that principle alone, we are going into the next match against Thailand – to win and cement our chances of booking a place in the semi-finals. We believe in ourselves and we are confident of getting the job done. 

Q: As captain of the team, what have been your key focus areas?

A: Well, I’m looking to lead the team, maintain unity and encourage the players to perform well. Our players need to perform well, so that we can make our country proud.

Q:  How’s the camaraderie in your team?

A: These guys are great; we are like brothers. We love each other and share the same passion for sports. We are always having fun whenever we are together. It’s our first time playing at a World Cup, but we’ve been enjoying it a lot.

Q: Coming back to you, tell us what made you take up kabaddi as a sport?

A: I got introduced to kabaddi when I moved down to Lang'ata in Nairobi, where the sport is popular. I was attracted to sport because of its physicality and because of the sport having similarities to rugby.

Q: What do you prefer – raiding or defending?

A: I’m all an all-rounder, but I like raiding a lot. I feel confident when I’m raiding, because I can help the team by grabbing some important points.

Q: How’s your overall experience been in India?

A: It’s not my first time here but India is great. Indians are very friendly and welcoming. 

Come October 13 and David Mosambayi’s men will take on Thailand in what promises to be a mouthwatering clash! Don’t forget to watch it on the Star network and hotstar. To know more about Team Kenya, visit our Teams section.