The Kenyan cricket team is relishing a return to South Africa this week to play two one-day internationals which they hope will aid in the revival of the game in the East African country, the team manager said Monday.
Five years ago, Kenya made a cricketing breakthrough in South Africa by reaching their first ever World Cup semi-final but hope for the growth of the game back home was damaged by by prolonged infighting.
Deputy team coach Martin Suji, a former national team seam-bowler, believes the appointment of former South Africa Test star Peter Kirsten as a batting specialist has brought new life to the struggling side.
"Kirsten has brought some spice to the batting," said Suji. "We now have a positive team that includes a number of up-and-coming youngsters and the boys are geared up for the series. They want to prove themselves."
The first of the two matches will be played in Bloemfontein on Friday with the second two days later in Kimberley.
Suji said Kenya may have lost the chance to move to ninth spot in the ICC one-day rankings when the recent home series against Zimbabwe and Ireland was washed out, but they had another enhance their position by winning in South Africa.
"We are looking forward to the challenge of South Africa, a Test-playing side which is more technically sound than us but the boys are hungry to get to the ground," he added.
The series will see the two sides' hard-hitting pace bowlers -- Peter Ogondo of Kenya and South Africa's Makhaya Ntini -- going head to head.