NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya secured a hard fought 1-0 win over Malawi
in an international friendly match in Nairobi on Tuesday. It is
coach Sebastian Migne’s second win in as many attempts this
month having edged out Ghana’s Black Stars by a similar margin
on Saturday in a Group F Africa Nations Cup (AFCON) qualifier.
It was a Francis
Kahata goal after 77 minutes that made the difference to see
Kenya claim the victory against the Malawi Flames, who also lost
3-0 last week in Casablanca, Morocco.
Kenya’s top striker
Michael Olunga, who plays in the J-League in Japan, failed to
pass a medical having knocked his knee in the win over Ghana and
was the only change from that successful side.
Migne called on
Zambia based Jesse Were to take his place. Kenya started off
well, but failed to penetrate the Malawian defence which
restricted Kenya’s attack to long shots.
Kenya had to wait
until the 18th minute to create their first real
effort at goal as Ismail Gonzalez set up Aboud Omar, who drew a
save from the Malawi goalkeeper. Malawi responded six minutes
later with a Mhango Gabadinho effort that failed to beat
goalkeeper Patrick Matasi.
In the second half,
Kahata was fast to react to Erick Ouma’s cross to score the only
goal of the match. “It is a positive result and we take credit
for it. But there are still areas we need to sharpen when some
other players join the team,” Migne said.
Kenya will now wait
for their home and away clash against Ethiopia in October. Kenya
is tied for second with Sierra Leone in Group F with three
points and a similar goal difference. Ghana is in first place
while Ethiopia are bottom of the group.
coach Sebastian Migne blasts fans after Malawi win
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya football head coach, Sebastian Migne,
turned on his team’s fans on Tuesday following their 1-0 win
over Malawi in an international friendly in Nairobi.
Kahata netted the all-important goal in the 77th
minute of a cagey encounter at a sparsely filled Moi
International Sports Centre in Kasarani.
Speaking after the
game, the former Congo Brazzaville head coach called on local
supporters to turn up in large numbers when Kenya host Ethiopia
next month in a Group F 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Cup (AFCON)
qualifier at the same facility.
castigated his side for failing to express themselves in the
game despite their second victory in succession following their
stunning 1-0 victory over Ghana that revived their hopes of
making the AFCON finals for the first time since 2004.
“[The] first half
was boring, 1,000 excuses for that but sometimes it is difficult
to land the high level. For that, we need to learn to bring the
fans with us, to be there. If we have one chance to be at the
AFCON, we cannot be alone only with the players, we need fans
too and I hope that against Ethiopia, [we] see the stadium full
of fans,” the Frenchman lamented.
His outburst against
the notoriously difficult to please Kenyan football fans who
have endured over a decade of international disappointment comes
hot on the heels of his public criticism following their win
Following the game
where his side played the last half an hour with 10 men after
Joash Onyango was sent off in the 61st minute, Migne
declined to field questions from the media.
He instead launched
a two and half minutes rant condemning some of the invited
players, including his captain Victor Wanyama of Tottenham FC
and visitors Cameroon, who en route to playing their AFCON
qualifier away to the Comoros, were allowed to use Kasarani.
“I am very happy
about that [the victory], but I’m not happy at all and I think I
will be very brief tonight because during the week there was a
lack of respect with this team. When I saw Cameroon have
training on this field [Kasarani] and not us, who we were at the
Kenya School of Monetary Studies, I was not happy,” the head
coach was quoted on local media.
He insisted that
Wanyama would have reported to camp for his match fitness to be
assessed by the national team staff. Wanyama has just returned
to training with Spurs after recovering from a knee injury.
Federation president, Nick Mwendwa, attempted to diffuse the
situation by claiming the preferential treatment of Cameroon was
not because of the local governing body. He instead blamed
Sports Kenya, the state authority that manages the country’s
stadiums, saying they hired out the Chinese-built facility.