The Kenya national team Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne believes that as the team heads to the 2019 African Cup of Nations finals, his first choice keeper Patrick Matasi will learn from his mistake in the friendly match against DR Congo on Saturday 15 June.
In Kenya’s final friendly match ahead of the finals in Egypt, the team was on course for a second pre-tournament win but the keeper fluffed a low delivery from a free kick, and the ball strolled past him, seeing the game in Madrid end 1 – 1.
His mistake is forgiven, at least from coach Migne’s end, though the Frenchman hopes it is not replicated at AFCON.
“When you commit a mistake, you can improve a lot and I hope he will improve for the future and for AFCON of course,” Migne said.
Reacting on the game, Migne blamed a slight lapse in concentration for the goal conceded but was all positive about the team and the prospects as the team heads to the finals.
“When you play a big team, you can’t forget the small details, because at the end they can win. We were the stronger side for about 80% of the game but we were punished towards the end. We need to be positive though; my players are amazing and I am very proud of them. We are not so far,” he added.
Kenya, pooled in Group C, will play Algeria in their opening game at the competition on Sunday 23 June. Later, in the group, they will face Tanzania and Senegal.