Manchester City forward Riyad Mahrez is wary of Kenya’s Harambee Stars quality ahead of their African Cup of Nations Group C opener on Sunday.
Speaking in a press conference ahead of the game, Mahrez admitted that they didn’t know much about Harambee Stars but had watched videos of their opponents to know what they were likely to expect.
“We do not know much about Kenya because we have never played against them. We have watched a lot of videos of them and we have played similar teams.”
Asked if he was the main man for his team, Mahrez said they what was important for them was to play collectively as a team if they are to get the required results.
“We don’t go into the game of worrying about who is a great player or who has won the African Footballer of the Year award. I’m part of a collective, the most important is the team,” he said.
Mahrez who was named the captain of the team on Friday will be hoping that he can lead his country to victory in a showpiece his country last won in 1990.
For Kenya, this is their first tournament in 15 years after appearing in the 2004 showpiece and they last played Algeria 22 years ago.
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