Rarely do we see a goalkeeper conceding thrice in a match but still get lauded for his performance in the particular game; well, that was what Harambee Stars goalkeeper Patrick Matasi attracted in the 0 – 3 loss to Senegal on Monday 1 July.
The keeper saved a Sadio Mane penalty in the first half besides producing a number of top drawer saves before and after Kenya crumbled in the second half and despite the loss he kept his gloss, at least as far as former Nigerian international Jay Jay Okocha and Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane are concerned.
Timing of crosses
From Okocha’s point of view, Matasi only needs to work on his timing of crosses, perhaps the legendary midfielder referring to the keeper’s decision to go for a cross, which he missed, resulting in the opener for Senegal.
“He is a good shot stopper. Question mark is when he comes off for crosses – his judgement,” Okocha stated in the post match analysis.
As for Motsimane, it was all for nothing at the end but he couldn’t take his praise off Matasi.
“He was good and kept his team in the game. But in the end he couldn’t save everything,” the South African noted.
In the match, Matasi made seven crucial saves, five from inside the box. He also had a 35% success rate with his passes.
After the loss, Kenya’s only hope towards advancing in the competition is hoping for favorable results that could see the team finish as one of the best placed third placed finishers.