Kenya National team coach Sébastien Migné has revealed optimism in Harambee Stars’ camp as they get set for their final Group C match of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations against Senegal.
Stars dug a 3-2 win out of a stubborn Tanzanian side to move to three points, similar to Senegal but with an inferior goal difference, and there now is all to play for in the final round of matches.
“We know it will be difficult playing against the number one country in Africa (FIFA Rankings). But it was difficult as well when we came up against Ghana during qualification and we won. We can do it,” said coach Sébastien Migné.
Coach Migné further gave a thumbs up to youngster John Avire’s performance in the win over Senegal, noting that it was necessary to add in more firepower when Kenya was trailing early in the match.
“I think it was a good decision. It was necessary to add a striker to partner Olunga upfront and Avire coming on gave Olunga much more freedom. Sometimes coaches are afraid of fielding young players in such matches but I’m not,” said Migné.
The match, set to be played on Monday, July 1, 2019, will be a winner takes it all affair for second spot in the four-team Group C. A draw could also see Kenya get one of four best loser spots at stake, depending on the outcome of other group matches.