The Kenya national team, Harambee Stars is in a position where it must pick three points against Tanzania on Thursday 27 June, at the ongoing African Cup of Nations (AFCON), in Egypt and head coach Sebastien Migne understands just how crucial this game is.
It will be Kenya’s second game at the tournament after a below par performance in the opener, against Algeria, where Kenya fell 0 – 2, breaking a fine defensive run the team has exhibited since Migne took over.
The Frenchman, known for his insistence on astute defending, sought solace from the team’s run in the AFCON qualifiers, where his charges conceded only one goal, but of course noted that it will be tough against Tanzania, who also lost their opening game.
“I expect three points; it is a derby when we play Tanzania but an opportunity to try and get things in order. When you lose the first game in this kind of competition it is important that you try to win the second so we will enter the field and try to show our quality and to play from the first second.
“We didn’t see the quality of the team against Algeria unfortunately but for the next game one I expect we will be there. I am confident because during the qualifiers we showed our qualities offensively and defensively.
“Against Tanzania it will be a different game; it will be physical, as we saw their performance against Senegal but I hope we will be ready from the first minute,” he said.
Harambee Stars striker Michael Olunga concurred with the coach that facing Tanzania after both sides started with losses means it will be a tough encounter but he hopes Kenya will carry the day.
Try and improve
“Every game is important and this is too. We know Tanzania well and they know us too; both of us lost the first game with the same margin and I am sure we will try and improve, especially in our first half display.
“We have to look at the positives; we have three points to play for so we are going to give our best because the result here will define our participation in this competition,” Olunga noted.
Kenya still has Senegal to play in the third group game. Senegal takes on Algeria in the other Group C match on Thursday 27 June.