NAIROBI, Kenya, March 23- Harambee Stars striker Dennis Oliech is rallying his troops ahead of their must win Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Angola.
Stars are currently languishing at the bottom of Group J with one point after a loss and a draw to Guinea Bissau and Uganda respectively and desperately need to beat their Southern African rivals if they are to remain in contention for the 2012 showpiece that will be co hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
“It’s the most important game for us. We are at the bottom of the pool and we need to win. A draw is not good enough for us,” said Oliech after Stars’ training session on Wednesday morning.
“If we get those three points against them (Angola) it will keep us going for the rest of the qualifiers,” added the Auxerre marksman.
Oliech believes that his current French Ligue 1 form will compliment with the rest of the team come kick off on Saturday at 4pm.
“Its important that I score on Saturday, especially in the first twenty minutes. This team is very mature in all departments. We just need to sharpen a few things on before the game and everything will be okay,” said Oliech.
Inter Milan midfielder MacDonald Mariga said the team needs to play out of their skins if they are remain relevant in the qualifiers.
“On Saturday we have to work hard because it’s not easy to win against Angola. We just need support and hope that it will go well,” said Mariga.
Mariga who is reported to have sparked interest from English Premiership side Aston Villa said that the quality possessed by the Black Antelopes should not put them off course.
“They are a very good team but when they come here we just have to beat them to give us morale for the rest of the games,” said Mariga.
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