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Africa Cup of Nations Qualification

Michael Olunga wants Kenya to revive Afcon hopes with win over Ghana

2:52 AM EDT 9/6/18
Michael Olunga and Dennis Odhiambo of Harambee Stars.
Ghana are leaders of Group F with three points while Kenya are second from bottom with no point after losing to Sierra Leone

Michael Olunga has told Harambee Stars players to put behind a shock defeat against Sierra Leone when they host Ghana on Saturday.

Olunga, who signed a three-year contract with Japanese League side, Kashiwa Reysol, has rallied Sebastien Migne charges to concrete on the assignment ahead when Stars hosts Ghana’s Black Stars in the Afcon Qualifier.

Harambee Stars fell to Sierra Leone in the opening Group F match, a game that Olunga scored Kenya’s consolation in the 76th minute after Julius Wabay and Bangura hit the net for the hosts in either half.

“It’s an honour to represent the country. We are aware that Ghana is a good team, but we are going to play at home and we have people to back us up because we are going to give it a push.

“Everyone is geared up. It’s unfortunate we lost the opening match, but now we have to focus on Ghana which is a vital game,” Olunga told Goal.

Olunga, who moved to Japan after a successful loan spell with Spanish side Girona, is not giving up on Kenya’s chances of booking a first Afcon ticket since 2004; when he was just ten years old.

“Two teams can qualify and if we get a positive result against Ghana, then we can (qualify). We have to take Ghana head on and play the ball on their court. We can pull out something.”

Olunga also warmly embraced his switch from La Liga to Japan, terming it as a new challenge. “As a player, I like new challenges and I wanted to test my ability. I’m looking forward to having a great time there.”

Kenya are second from bottom with no point while Ghana and Sierra Leone are jointly top with three points.