The Star (Nairobi)

8 February 2013

Kenya: Step It Up

Harambee Stars have been urged to build up on their remarkable 3-0 win over Libya in an international friendly in Tunisia that will guarantee they move up the international Fifa rankings. Kenya are currently ranked 137th.

Kenya skipper Dennis Oliech was at the heart of everything good about the Stars performance helping himself to a brace and setting up Paul Were to score the third goal and the first of his international career. Libya are ranked 47th.

"The result was the inspiration Stars needed with the World Cup qualifiers resuming soon," the chairman of the Football Kenya Federation technical

committee Elly Mukolwe said. Mukolwe who is also the FKF national executive committee member from Western Kenya added: "This team has shown signs that with time they will compete with the very best. The win over a good team like Libya is only a tip of the iceberg. The sky is the limit for this team."

Captain Oliech said this team should be kept together and the current coaching staff be given an opportunity to continue working with the team even if in another capacity.

"This is the best Kenyan team I have played with in a long time. So I want to request the federation to keep the team and the coach even if as an assistant to a foreign coach," requested the AC Ajaccio striker.

Stars were due to fly back this morning before the players are released to rejoin their clubs to continue their pre season training.

Stars have been penciled to play Egypt in a friendly match mid next month that will act as build up for the crucial World Cup qualifier against their group leaders and 2013 African Cup of Nations finalists Nigeria on March 22.

Meanwhile Arnold Origi was named man of the match for his showing in thwarting the Libyans in Stars' friendly match win on Wednesday.

The Lillestrome goalkeeper was equal to everything the Mediterranean Knights threw at him ensuring that Stars were lucky in their third international friendly after two defeats against South Africa and Tanzania.

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