Its do or die for Harambee stars as they face Angola

Mar 25, 2011

Never has a match been so important to Kenya than Saturday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Angola.

The tie will decide Kenya’s fate in as far as qualification for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations finals is concerned.

After two matches, Kenya lie at the bottom of their group with just a single point after being held to a barren draw by Uganda Cranes last October.

Previously the team had lost 1-0 to Guinea Bissau in their first match of the qualifiers.

It has been a bumpy ride for Harambee Stars with the qualifiers so far having claimed two coaches. Twahir Muhiddin was fired after the loss to Bissau while his replacement Jacob Mulee quit shortly after the barren draw against Uganda.

Well aware of what is at stake, current coach Zedekiah Otieno revealed he is deploying an attack minded approach to the game, which means Auxerre striker Dennis Oliech, and Denmark based George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo will start upfront.

In goal, Norway based Arnold Origi who has been looking sharp in training is expected to start but it is in defence where the Kenyan coach may be scratching his head for options.

South Africa based Dennis Odhiambo has been impressive all week but he lacks the international experience and exposure while Edger Ochieng has been slowed down by age in the middle of the defence.

The Kenyan government came out in a big way on Thursday with the Sports Minister Paul Otuoma promising a KSh.50, 000 award for every player if they win on Saturday.

“This is the most important match for all Kenyans and everybody is rallying behind you. Do not let us down. The country’s top leadership will come out to cheer you on,” he told the team members during a reception at their hotel.

The team will come out in new kit bought by the Harambee Stars Management Board as a motivation in Saturday’s match.

Angola just reached the final of the Africa Nations Championships (CHAN) held in Sudan and remain highly motivated for Saturday’s fixture.

Angola know that a win will almost guarantee them leadership of the group with Uganda Cranes playing away to Guinea Bissau.

 

 

Sportsnewsarena Correspondent

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