Kenyan Striker Michael Olunga in Training/Photo Courtesy of Football Kenya

Kenyan talismanic Striker Michael Olunga will be one of the few faces the world will be paying close attention to when the African Cup of Nations finally kick off in Egypt.

The Kashiwa Reysol striker will be out to prove himself at the grandest stage of them all in Africa when Kenya will make a return to the competition after a 15-year absence.

Olunga, who will be Kenya’s main man upfront has said that he does not feel any pressure heading into the showpiece.

Olunga has affirmed that AFCON will not be about individual brilliance but a collective team effort.


“I am not under any pressure because at the end of the day it is all about teamwork and if given the opportunity I will do it wholeheartedly because I am patriotic of my country,” Said Olunga.

“It has been a long journey for the team to reach here and when we will step into that pitch, for the opening match, we are going to do our best and make Kenyans proud.

“I believe everyone in this camp right now had a dream because none of this players have ever played in this competition before I am not any different, and everyone has an objective to go out there and do the best and have a good performance.”

Olunga believes that the team will build on from their performance during the qualifiers and get positive results in Egypt.


“We had a good qualification campaign, you know being rated among the teams that conceded the fewest number of goals and it was something very positive and me as a player I would like to give something positive and I am sure our display will help us put Kenya in the football map in Africa,” Olunga continued.

“We have good talent back home and due to lack of playing in such tournaments, no one can ever spot them, we want to fight for the young players, who are back home to also come out and be the next Olunga, the next Wanyama or the next Oliech.”

Kenya will face Algeria in their Group C opener at the June 30 Stadium on June 23.

Quotes Courtesy of Goal