Oliech under pressure to score in Angola match

Mar 23, 2011

Kenyan striker Dennis Oliech admits that the failure to score in the last two Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers is weighing down on him.

With three days to Saturday’s crucial match against Angola beckoning Oliech said he feels frustrated about not being able to score for Kenya.

The Auxerre striker has been Kenya’s top scorer in previous campaigns but is yet to score this time round.

With this in mind, Oliech has promised local fans that he will score on Saturday to break the drought.

“As a striker everybody expects you to be scoring goals and when it doesn’t happen over a long period it begins to weigh you down. I have vowed to myself to start scoring on Saturday,” he said.

He has also admitted that the match is crucial for Kenya especially for the more experienced players in the team who still have a dream to play in another Africa Cup of Nations finals.

“We must win on Saturday, because it will put us back on track to qualify for the Nations Cup final. It is important that we play in next year’s finals especially for aging players like some of us,” he said. 

He pleaded with fans to rally behind the team come Saturday adding that it is imperative that they score early to calm down their nerves in the match.

Oliech said Angola’s experienced players will be tough to beat at home but he remains confident it can happen.

“The team that we have in camp is young and are looking to gain something in this campaign. This should be enough motivation for them to want to beat Angola on Saturday,” said Oliech who is also the team captain.

Kenyan coach Zedekiah Otieno was still waiting for two more foreign based players as he worked on his final team for Saturday’s match.

The two Victor Mugabe and Patrick Oboya were expected in camp on Wednesday evening.


 Sportsnewsarena Correspondent

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