Matasi: AFCON semi-final was my target

The AFCON 2019 journey for Kenya is over after the team was bundled out of the ongoing showpiece in Egypt at the group stages to end on a disappointing note, a return back to Africa’s premier competition after a 15 year hiatus.

Much had been expected of Sebastien Migne’s men with the target set for the team by the French coach as well as the rest of the nation being the qualification to the knockout rounds for the very first time in the country’s history.

Last four

The target was never realized and Patrick Matasi, one of Kenya’s standout players in Egypt, has also revealed his own personal target which was to help the team be among the last four nations.

“My expectation was to reach the semi-finals of the tournament,” the custodian told journalists after the team jetted back home in the wee hours of Thursday morning.

Patrick Matasi faced 3 penalties in Egypt, the most by any keeper, and saved one.

“The team was worthy of reaching the last four or at least qualifying out of the group but sadly we could not do it.

“The fans are disappointed and so are we but we will take it in our stride and build on the experiences to make sure we are ready next time.”

Senegal saves

Matasi had a standout campaign especially in Kenya’s last game against Senegal despite the heavy 3-0 result. The St. George keeper produced important saves to keep Stars in the game for an hour even saving a penalty from Liverpool forward Sadio Mane.

Focus will now shift to the CHAN qualifiers set to begin later on this month but for Matasi and the rest of the foreign based players, club duty calls.