Kenya skipper Oliech describes as vital the friendly match against South Africa

Speaking exclusively to Kenya on Monday, Oliech termed the friendly as crucial for the team and new French coach Henri Michel
Kenya captain Dennis Oliech has described the friendly match against South Africa as vital for the team and new French coach Henri Michel.

Speaking exclusively to Kenya on Monday, Oliech, who arrived from his France base on Sunday ahead of the friendly, said a win or draw will be a good result for Kenya.

"This is a very vital match for the team and the new coach (Michel). A coach will always want to start on a positive note and this being Michel's first competitive match since taking over as Kenya coach, it will be vital that we win."

"I would also take a draw from the build up since South Africa is a top team in Africa."

The striker said the friendly will help Stars' gauge their preparedness for future international assignments. "It was very okay for the federation to organize such a high profile friendly and with a number of professionals will be good to measure our credentials."

He said South Africa are beatable adding that Kenya could have won the last time the two sides played in another build up, had they converted their chances.

"We created two clear cut chances during the last time we faced South Africa away and had we utilized the same then the outcome could have been different. We will be playing at home now and cannot rule out victory." Kenya went down 2-0 the last time they played South Africa.

Stars resumed training for the match on Monday with coach Michel summoning 15 locally based players. The fifteen will then be joined by professionals.

On Monday, Celtic FC confirmed on their official website that they had released combative midfielder Victor Wanyama for the friendly. Other foreign based players expected include Brian Mandela (South Africa), Arnold Origi (Norway), Patrick Osiako (Israel) and Jerry Santos (Tanzania).