Spier who was last month named Technical Director of the East African nation, started working with the team last week and will be responsible for picking the squad of 23 that travels to Mauritius this weekend for the COSAFA U-17 Championship where Kenya was handed an invite after Mozambique pulled out.
“I have worked with them for two days and there has been a lot of improvement technically. There is still a long way to go because we are in the process of working to find a regular first 11. Probably we are not at the level we need to be but I am certain we will get there,” Spier said.
“The players are beginning to have a better understanding of how we want them to play. In the first friendly we played last Wednesday, you could see that we played seven, eight passes leading to a goal which is not something common even in the Premier League. That shows a lot of progress,” said the German who also worked with Romania’s U-19 team.
He believes the challenge of playing in the COSAFA Cup will help them prepare adequately for the continental qualifier against Cameroon in August and hopes the side can make a good impression and at least jump past the first hurdle.
Kenya is housed in Group B alongside Zambia, Malawi and Madagascar.
From the COSAFA experience, the team will have less than a week to prepare for the Cameroon duel.
“We know that Cameroon is a more experienced country than us and they have had youth teams for quite a long time so it is not something easy. We hope to get a good representation and do something good.
“That’s why the COSAFA Cup is very important for us. We need to go and get some experience, gel as a team and get to have high level match fitness,” Spier concluded.
Kenya drew a bye into the second round after their first round opponents Malawi pulled out.