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Kenya beats Malawi XI during international friendly match

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.



Kenya’s football 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.

Midfielder Francis 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.

He further 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 over Ghana.

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.

Football Kenya 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.



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