Ahead of their opening Group C Match against Algeria better known as the Desert Foxes, Kenyan players are in high spirits and have promised to put in a good show.
Kenya is pooled in Group C alongside Algeria, Senegal and Tanzania with a number of Football pundits arguing that the two East African Nations will not make it past that group stages.
Well, Senegal and Algeria are Football powerhouses with great experience especially on the big stages but this seem not to bother Kenyan Captain Victor Wanyama.
The Tottenham Hotspur’s Midfielder has said that in as much as Kenya and Tanzania are viewed as underdogs, they will put in a fight of their lives to prove their real worth in Egypt.
“It is true that Kenya and Tanzania are viewed as underdogs in the group but that happens in football and what I know is that there are a lot of changes in the football world and many small teams have proved that,” Said Wanyama.
The former Southampton FC Star has maintained that Kenya and Tanzania will not be a walk in the park for both Algeria and Senegal.
“The fact remains that Kenya and Tanzania have finally made into Afcon after a very long time and we will not be pushovers because we are seen as underdogs.
“We will respect the opponent but it will not be easy either.”
Wanyama believes that a good show in this year’s AFCON edition will help ease the qualification burden on Kenya for the next editions of Africa’s biggest Football extravaganza.
“Harambee Stars players are motivated specifically because it is their first Afcon participation and we would like to be competitors more often and that is a challenge we have been looking forward to for a very long time,” Wanyama added.
“We want to perform better this year because I believe that we can help us qualify in the next competitions easily.
“This is the place we will learn a lot and understand the importance of the tournament.”
Kenya return to continental duties on Sunday when they take on Algeria at the June 30 Stadium.
Dignitaries like former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa today visited the team’s training base in Egypt and urged the players to make Kenya Proud.
The Former Prime Minister even promised to stay behind until Kenya play’s its first game on Sunday.
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