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The Kenyan tactician tells Goal that rather than lament over the absence of the duo, who are suspended, he will focus on inspiring local players to beat Nigeria

Kenya coach Adel Amrouche has downplayed the absence of his two key players ahead of Wednesday's World Cup qualifier against Nigeria.

The team has been hit by the absence due to suspension of captain Dennis Oliech and number one goalkeeper Arnold Origi.

Amrouche says rather than lament over the absence of the duo, he will focus on inspiring his home-based players to bring down the Super Eagles.

"Since I took over this job, I have spent a lot of time building the local players and now is the time for them to rise up to the occasion and stop their opponents," he told Goal.

Amrouche says so far he is satisfied with the effort put in by majority of the local-based players, who are determined to build their career with a good performance against the African champions.

"The players have showed a lot of patriotism and are motivated more by the honour of representing their country than the money they expect. For me this is a good attitude ahead of the game against the African champions," he added.

He promised that the team will not let Kenyans down and pointed out that beating Nigeria on Wednesday remains top priority even more important than qualifying for the World Cup.

"We want to go out there and make the local fans happy by posting a positive result against Nigeria. The fans have stood by us for many years and it is time to repay them," the coach said.

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