The French coach who won the AFCON in 2000 with Cameroon has dubbed the tie a must win but has warned his team to expect a tough encounter from the hosts.
“This is a very important match for us and we don’t have any choice. It is either we win, or nothing. If we want to go to the AFCON, we have to work hard and get good results against Kenya,” Lechantre told CAFOnline after the team’s training session.
“Kenya is a very good team and I have watched their clips against Guinea Bissau and they don’t deserve to have one point. I know they have very good players and we should treat the match very seriously,” the coach said.
Congo trails group leaders Guinea Bissau by a point and are only separated from third placed Zambia on goal difference. A loss at the hands of Kenya will complicate their chances especially if Zambia beat Guinea Bissau in the other group match.
Kenya’s only point in the group came via an opening draw against ‘Diables Rouges’ in Brazzaville but Lechantre has said things will be different this time round as most of his foreign based players are available as compared to the first leg.
Among the players who did not face Kenya in Brazzaville is French based striker Thievy Bifouma. Speaking ahead of the match, the forward said his team mates are motivated to get three points against Kenya though he reckons it will be a tough task.
“Kenya is a good team, I know them for long. They have good players and we should be very strong and play seriously. But we have the belief that we can make it,” Bifouma noted.
Lechantre also adds his side will bring their A-game against Kenya.
Meanwhile, Kenya will have last minute worries with defender Jockins Atudo having pulled out of training on Friday morning with an ankle injury. However, coach Stanley Okumbi says he has plenty of cover with Musa Mohammed who plays for Kenyan champions Gor Mahia expected to fill the void.