Musa Otieno backs Stars to set new record at AFCON

Former Kenya national team Harambee Stars skipper Musa Otieno believes the team has all the motivation needed to set a new record for the country at the highest tournament in the continent when it heads to the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.

Musa was a member of the 2004 team, the last Kenyan side to get to the AFCON before the current one and he says unlike in their time, the current crop of players has a lot working for them.

Big advantage

The fact that the team can study their opponents in time for the competition is a big advantage compared to 15 years back, when a side led by Otieno went on to lose to Mali and Senegal before picking a win over Burkina Faso when t was a bit too late.

Otieno says the team is well composed as it and should take advantage of the massive goodwill shown in the journey to the competition.

“In 2004 it was not easy; we went there not knowing our opponents well and by the time we came to familiarize with their strengths, we had already conceded. Today science has helped a lot in the game and you can study your opponent well in time before meeting them.

General goodwill

“For the current team, it has been good so far, with the support from the government, the fans, the federation and the general goodwill. Coach Migne has one of the best assembled teams and I wish them the best,” he said.

He feels the potential in the team is enough to see the side through to the quarters at the least in the competition.

“At our time we won just one game in 2014, this time, with the potential we have in the team and the dedication each player in each position has, we may get to the quarter finals,” he added.

The team will be heading to camp in France ahead of the competition.