Kenya coach Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee is confident there are enough strikers to fill the void left by Michael Olunga who is not available.
The Kashiwa Reysol striker is currently self-isolating after several members of the J1 team contracted the virus. However, the 52-year old sees no cause for alarm despite the absence of the towering striker.
“We knew almost two weeks ago that Olunga will not come for the qualifier against Comoros, it was very obvious because of the Covid-19 situation in [Japan] and what happened to his club three days ago,” Mulee said ahead of the match.
“As Kenyans, we have a way of doing things and I think we have other strikers who can take the mantle and do the job well, we cannot cry over spilled milk, we have to work with the players we have and I know they will step in a do the job.”
Captain Victor Wanyama was given a late release by his MLS side Montreal Impact and he joined the team barely 48 hours before the game against the Islanders.
“It is worrying because he will only train with the team for only one session, but we are happy because he understands the situation of playing on such a big stage and I know he will step up if given the chance.
“I will use more professionals because they have been involved in matches unlike our local players who have missed matches since last six months since the league was ended prematurely owing to the Covid-19.”
The tactician has also revealed his plans in the remaining home matches.
“It is a very good fixture at home, we plan to win all our remaining home matches, and it is a very important game for Kenya.
“We want to get something positive from the game. We want to fight all 90 minutes and don’t give up. We don’t have any injuries apart from Olunga, all the players are in camp are fit and ready to do the job.”