As the Kenya national team, Harambee Stars continue with preparations for the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON), the fact that the entire playing unit will be playing at that stage for the first time in the career doesn’t scare them.
Midfielder Anthony Akumu is among the players expected to play a key role for the team and the Zesco United man says he is under absolutewly no pressure, as he borrows from his experience at the continental cup competitions.
Akumu, a former Gor Mahia and Al Merreikh midfielder has featured in the CAF Confederations Cup and Champions League with all his teams and knows what to expect at the AFCON stage.
“I have not played at AFCON but I have been to both the Confederations Cup and Champions League so I am not under any pressure and I want to urge the other players to be easy with this as well.
“The should just go there and play to make the nation proud. As a team and as a nation we’ve wanted to be here since, and it is a good thing that we are here now,” he said.
Akumu also didn’t leave out the importance of good preparation and a bright start at the finals.
“Our preparations will matter a lot and we also have to start well. Our expectation is to go as far as we can, to play together as a team and win. We are underdogs but that should be the motivation for us,” he added.
The team is set to play a friendly match against Madagascar on Friday 7 June in France then head to Madrid, Spain where they will face DR Congo.