Bandari goalkeeper and Burundi international Justin Ndikumana is plotting to use Fifa international week to convince his club’s technical bench to hand him his debut and starting roles.
Since joining the dockers last month from Sofapaka, the custodian has found it tough breaking into the starting team, thanks to the superb displays by Harambee Stars trialist Michael Wanyika who has conceded twice in the last four competitive matches.
Wanyika, who played second fiddle to Farouk Shikalo last season, has proved equal to the challenge so far, keeping clean sheets against Al Ahly Shendi of Sudan in a continental assignment and was outstanding in their league opener barren draw against Mathare United last weekend.
The former Kakamega Homeboyz player has not shied away from fitting into Shikalo’s shoes but the experienced Ndikumana has vowed to use the break to inspire Burundi to the group stages of the World Cup qualifiers as well as oust Wanyika. Ndikumana, who was part of the Burundi team to the last edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, made it to the team named to face Tanzania in a two-legged 2022 World Cup preliminary round where the winner will proceed to the group stages.