Former Harambee Stars midfielder McDonald Mariga on Wednesday visited the national football team in Cairo, Egypt, and encouraged them ahead of their clash with Tanzania.
Mariga urged the players to prepare well for the match and give it their all, when the referee kicks off the game.
Regarding the team's 2-0 loss to Algeria, the legendary footballer noted that Harambee Stars should forget the past, and focus on what is ahead of them.
"Mi players kitu neza waambia joo ni io game imepita watu wasahau. Io ishapita watu wasahau, ii game ya TZ tuichukulie serious, tugive hard. Ii ni finali ya TZ, tudedie kwa uwanja. Ka ni mbaya ni mbaya ii ni finali. Hakuna kitu ingine. Hakuna kurudi nyuma.
"Tukiingia joo kwa io uwanja, encouragement, unaencourage player wako, unaona. Kuongea pia, man on, ma-one touch unaona. Twende, tu io encouragement, vitu zitakua poa. Io tu ndio naeza waambia jamaa,"he said.
This loosely translates to: What I can tell the players is to forget the past game. That is gone and people should forget it. The next match against Tanzania should be taken seriously. Play hard. This is like a final give it all you have. There is nothing else, no turning back.
When you get to that pitch, encourage each other, talk while in the pitch. Play one touch. Lets go, encourage each other and things will be okay. That's all I can tell you guys.
Harambee Stars kicked off their campaign on a poor note losing 2-0 to Algeria, and will be looking to bounce back against Taifa Stars.
The game against Tanzania is a must win for Kenya as it will determine Harambee Stars' fate in the tournament.