Kenya’s head coach Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee has said the national team has huge appetite to qualify at be at the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.
Speaking ahead of Thursday’s Group B FIFA World Cup qualifier against arch-rivals Uganda, Mulee made it clear that the team is eager to start on a high at home.
“We have a huge appetite to qualify for the World Cup because we have never been there before. We know it’s a tough task ahead facing Uganda because they are always tough and they have a better head to head against us,” added Mulee.
He said it is a huge responsibility to handle the national team with 50 million Kenyans behind you. “We know they have a better head to head against us. But we are ready to start writing our own history starting with this game,” added Mulee.
Micheal Olunga Ogada, said they are aware of the importance of the match against Uganda because winning it will give them a good start in the qualifiers. “We must work as a team and go all out and try to get maximum points. It is always tough when we face Uganda, but we are prepared,” said Olunga.
Uganda’s coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic says although the COVID-19 lockdown rendered many of his players inactive for some time, the technical bench has worked hard to prepare them well ahead of the start of the qualifiers. “The boys know what we expect of them and it will be a tough must that will be decided by small details,” added Sredojevic who was re-appointed last month after he stepped down in 2017.
Although Kenya did not play any friendly matches ahead of the FIFA World Cup qualifier, Uganda Crane beat Ethiopian Premier League Champions Fasil Kenena 1-0 and lost 2-1 to the national team of Ethiopia a few days ago.