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Sebastien Migne: We will take the best Harambee Stars to Egypt

9:17 PM SGT 6/6/19
Michael Olunga.
Kenya will play two friendly matches while in Europe before the first Afcon test against Algeria on June 23

Harambee Stars coach Sebastien Migne has stated he will not rush striker Michael Olunga into the starting eleven after he arrived in camp on Thursday.

The former Gor Mahia striker, who turns out for Kashiwa Reysol in Japan, was the last professional player to link up with the squad at their training camp in Paris, France.

“Olunga just arrived, he travelled all night and I think it will be risky to put him in the first eleven from the beginning, maybe he will enter from the second half, and I must also look at the opening game in Afcon against Algeria, which is not too far away hence no need to risk him,” Migne told the Football Kenya Federation in an interview.

Harambee Stars are scheduled to face Madagascar in a friendly on Friday.

“I am happy because for the first time I have my full squad, at least in the camp and it is very good for the technical bench and now we can work tactically because it was complicated at the beginning,” Migne continued.

“Everybody is ready to play and we don’t have injuries and what we want to do now is to develop a winning mentality, even in friendly games.

“We were strong defensively during the qualifiers and should remain firm and keep it tight at the back and I know we have quality offensively to build something and get the goals, but we need to be good defensively and play as a unit and that is what we are working on.

“I think now step by step we are building something good for the Afcon but before that, we have two friendly matches against Madagascar and DR Congo and remember I am waiting for some answers from some players in camp before I give my final list of 23 players.

“It is not easy and we must try to think hard and keep the good harmony of the group, to have a positive vibe in the team and it will not be easy to come up with the final list but we are working hard and in the end we must get the best to take to Egypt.”

Kenya will make their sixth appearance at the Afcon finals.