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Federation official Esakwa confirms to Goal that the leading striker is among professionals called up for the do-or-die qualifier against Lesotho in Nairobi

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) have confirmed the return of striker Dennis Oliech for Sunday’s decisive African Cup of Nations qualifier against Lesotho.

The return leg fixture will be played at Nyayo Stadium and Kenyan must beat Lesotho by two goals without conceding to advance to Group stage of the competition. Lesotho won first leg 1-0 in Maseru.

Kenya FA Chief Executive Officer Michael Esakwa has revealed to Goal that Oliech, who was kicked out of team by suspended coach Adel Amrouche for allegedly skipping training, is among professionals called up for the fixture.

“We are doing everything possible to secure the release of three players – Ayub Timbe, who turns out for Belgian side FC Genk, goalkeeper Arnold Origi (Lillestrom, Norway) and striker Dennis Oliech (AC Ajaccio, France).

"We are communicating with club officials, with support of Confederation of African Football (Caf), who are doing the same. This is a crucial match, which we must win to advance in the qualifiers.”

However, Wanyama brothers-Victor Wanyama (Southampton) and MacDonald Mariga (unattached) are not affected and will be available for the match. Saudi Arabia-based central defender, David ‘Cheche; Ochieng, who turns out for Al Tawoon, was due in camp on Monday.

The winner of Kenya and Lesotho will advance to the group stage, where they will join Gabon, Burkina Faso and Angola in Group C. The top two teams in each group qualifies for 2015 Afcon finals set for January -February 2015 in Morocco.

Kenya is thirsting for a spot in Afcon finals, having been there five times in the past, the last in 2004 under coach Jacob 'Ghost' Mulee. Esakwa called on Kenyans to turn out in large numbers and cheer Harambee Stars to victory.

"There will be 12 players in the match, eleven players in the pitch and the 12th player is the fan, fans are important component of the match.”

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