Olunga: We will give AFCON our best shot


Harambee Stars forward Michael Olunga during morning training session at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on ...
Harambee Stars forward Michael Olunga during morning training session at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on March 22, 2017. Kenyan national team trains ahead of their double-header international friendlies against Uganda and DRC Congo on March 23, and 26, 2017 respectively. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha

In Summary

  • Harambee Stars striker Michael Olunga says every member of Stars squad is determined to succeed in this year’s Africa Cup of Nations finals.
  • Olunga who was part of the team that defeated Madagascar 1-0 in a friendly match played on Saturday has insisted that the squad is building their game around teamwork and not individual play.

Harambee Stars striker Michael Olunga says every member of Stars squad is determined to succeed in this year’s Africa Cup of Nations finals.

Olunga who was part of the team that defeated Madagascar 1-0 in a friendly match played on Saturday has insisted that the team is building their game around teamwork and not individual play.

“It’s great that we are being rated among the teams that conceded few goals in the tournament  and as a player I will really like to give my input to the team and make sure we have a fruitful tournament that will make Kenyans proud.

“There is so much talent in our country but due to lack of participation in these major tournaments most of the players have not had that opportunity to play abroad so it’s our prayer that during this competition they will get spotted,” he said.

The towering striker who turns out for Kashiwa Reysol in Japan, will be the main striker for coach Sebastien Migne as they return to the competition after a 15-year absence and insist he will be under no pressure in Egypt.

“I’m not under any pressure to perform. It’s not about individual effort, its team work that will win us games.

“Personally I will give everything to my country in all the games that I’ll play and that has been the spirit in the camp ahead of the tournament,” he added.

Stars are scheduled to take on DR Congo in another friendly on June 15 before coach Migne names his final 23-man squad for the tourney.

“This squad has a balanced mixture of players from the Kenya Premier League to those who play abroad. There is so much potential in the squad and we are determined to succeed and make Kenyans proud when then tournament begins,” Olunga told Citizen Digital.

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