NAIROBI, Kenya, October 7- Prime Minister Raila Odinga has said he will be travelling to Uganda on Saturday to join other Kenyans in cheering the national soccer team Harambee Stars in the critical tie against Uganda Cranes.
“See yourselves as winners. Never give up until the final whistle. Never allow yourselves to be defeated by the adversities and set backs in and outside the field. Have confidence in yourselves and your coach. Do duty for your country. These are my words for our team,” Raila urged said.
The Premier said the country’s leadership clearly understands and appreciates what qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations means to the country, and especially to the youth, who are out to exploit their God-given talents to earn an honourable and decent living.
He announced that President Mwai Kibaki’s pledge of Sh2m million for the players if they win the Saturday match, stands. So does the PM’s pledge to top up the amount, in the event of victory.
The PM thanked the Stars technical bench, the management and Kenyans for the enthusiasm they have shown towards the team in recent months.
He appealed to fans in the country and Uganda, to sacrifice and travel to Kampala in large numbers to cheer the national team on Saturday.
He said Harambee stars have a real possibility of qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations, adding it has received material support, and what remains now is physical presence and cheering of the fans.