International friendly: Stars duo Olunga and Were ready to fish out Mambas

By Rodgers Eshitemi: Saturday, October 12th 2019 at 00:00 GMT +3 | Football
Harambee Stars' Michael Olunga drive ball past John Revita of Cranes of Uganda during friendly match at Kasarani stadium on Sunday, Sept 8, 2019. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

Harambee Stars striking duo of Michael Olunga (Kashiwa Reysol) and Jesse Were (Zesco United) have made an exciting promise to fans ahead of tomorrow’s international friendly match against the Mambas of Mozambique at Kasarani Stadium.

Were, who is making a return to the team after he was overlooked for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt by former Stars’ coach Sebastian Migne, is eager to don the national team jersey again.

The Zambian-based forward had been recalled by coach Francis Kimanzi for last month’s friendly against Uganda only for him to pull out of the squad due to a hamstring injury.

But having been given another chance, the former Tusker man is more than ready to make Kenyans proud.

“We have prepared well for the match and the mood in the camp is really encouraging. It has been long since I last played for the national team, but I believe everything happens for a reason. I leave everything to God, but given chance I will do my best and help the team,” Were said.

His sentiments were echoed by the in-form Olunga, who captained the team in their 1-1 draw against Uganda Cranes at the same venue in September. The Kashiwa Reysol talisman also assured fans to expect an entertaining game.

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“The fans should come out in large numbers expecting an entertaining game. All players are determined to make our fans happy and proud just like we did against Uganda last month. We would like to continue from where we left off against Uganda,” Olunga said.

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