Olunga to lead a chase of three goals for Harambee Stars against Ethiopia

By alex wafula
Jul 04, 2021
  • Paul Were is unlikely to play against Ethiopia because his transfer documents from South Africa side Amazulu are not ready. (SNA File Photo)

Ethiopia’s Walya Antelopes who arrived in the country on Thursday today face Harambee Stars in a return CHAN qualifier match at the Nyayo National Stadium.

Bobby Williamson, the Harambee Stars coach is confident they can overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg played in Bahar Dar a fortnight ago. “They said we couldn’t score three goals against Botswana [In the Olympic qualifiers] but we went on and scored four.

Everyone has a right to say anything but for us, we know what we are capable of. I know we can overturn that score-line and not only score two goals but more than that.” Williamson said.

He added “I am not saying it is going to be easy, it is a tough match against a side who have an advantage but we will be playing at home and we will look to play the best football we can and get a result.” Stars need to be at their sharpest against Ethiopia as early goals will be key in ensuring the tie is won.

For most Kenyans, the onus to get those three goals for an outright qualification will fall on the young shoulders of 21 year old Gor Mahia striker Michael Olunga, current Kenyan Premier League top scorer.

However, for the Upper Hill high school alumni, he believes teamwork will be vital in delivering the ticket to the second round. “I don’t feel pressure on my side because I just play the way I know best how to.

I believe we should be able to get in a couple of goals past Ethiopia on Saturday and I am ready to spearhead that hunt. However, I believe we should play and work as a team and I have faith we can do it. It is a tough task but we have trained so well and confidence is high.” Olunga noted.

Williamson might not be able to use winger Paul Were for the match as his transfer from South African side Amazulu has not been completed. Were became eligible to play in the Ethiopia CHAN match after putting pen to paper on a deal to Gor Mahia.

Requested for the document 

K’Ogalo is yet to acquire an International Transfer Certificate (ITC) from the South African federation (SAFA) meaning he cannot play until he has that document. Gor Mahia Deputy Secretary Ronald Ngala told Sportsnewsarena; “We have requested for the document from the South African Federation and we are yet to get any response.

It is still too early to say whether there is a problem or not but after 14 days if it has not come, then we will know there is a problem.” Were was on the score sheet when Harambee Stars beat Congo 1-0 away three weeks ago and Williamson had hoped he would use the same influence against Ethiopia.

His coach at Gor Frank Nuttal has also expressed satisfaction at landing Were. He said; “He is a very good player, technically and tactically gifted and I know he is going to add a lot of strength and competition to the side and ultimately make the team stronger.”

Meanwhile, Striker Allan Wanga is set to fly out of the country on Saturday afternoon for South Africa where he is set to undergo medicals with PSL side Bidvest Wits. “I was supposed to have gone last week but there was a delay in processing of the Visa but I finally laid hands on it earlier this week. I am optimistic that things will turn positive in South Africa and I am going there to give my best.” Wanga told sportsnewsarena.com.