Mariga ready to spur Stars’ after return from injury

The Inter Milan midfielder, who earned a recall to national team for friendly against Sudan after three years in the cold, has vowed to fight for the team

Inter Milan midfielder MacDonald Mariga has revealed his happiness after making a return to Harambee Stars and promised to help side do better in coming assignments.

The midfielder was recalled by coach Adel Amrouche to the squad that travelled to Sudan for a friendly match against The Falcons and this marked a comeback for the lanky star after three years on the sidelines.

Mariga has just recovered from a knee injury and he hopes that he can get back to form and spur national team to success. “I feel happy getting back with the rest of the boys. It has been a long time and I feel great being here again,” Mariga told Goal.

“I suffered a huge injury set back and that slowed down my season but I am determined to get back to form and that is what I am working hard for.”

The Uefa Champions League title winning ace pleaded with Kenyan fans to be patient with him as he has just recovered from the life threatening injury.

“I know my potential and I know what I can do for Kenya. I only ask the fans to be patient as I have just recovered and it will definitely take time before I get to my best.”

His younger brother Victor Wanyama, who turns out for Southampton and former captain Dennis Oliech of AC Ajaccio in France, have also expressed their joy at having ‘Big Mac’ back saying his presence will spur the team to success.

“He (Mariga) is an experienced player and I think Kenya still needs him. I am personally happy that he is back.

“I am relishing the prospect of playing alongside him in midfield and it is a huge joy to see him back especially after injury,” said Wanyama.