Despite his team sealing a shock 1-0 win over hosts Kenya in an international friendly match played at the MISC Kasarani on Sunday 13 October, head coach of the Mozambican men’s national team Luis Filipe De Jesus, feels there is still improvement needed from both sets of teams.
Kenya had dominated much of the play at a wet and slippery Kasarani, having the better chances to secure the win but a more well drilled Mozambique side made count of their minimal chances with second half substitute Amancio Canhembe getting the all-important goal with 20 minutes left on the clock.
The game produced more questions than answers for Harambee Stars who are yet to secure a win in new head coach Francis Kimanzi’s two matches in charge. But in his assessments after the game, De Jesus felt his charges came up against a strong side.
He said, “It was a very difficult match. Kenya have a strong team and it was difficult for us all through.
“Kenya started off the game as the stronger side but we slowly got back in the game. We could have done even better if we had played more with the ball on the ground in the first half. But the win is a positive one ahead of our next assignments.
“Matches like these are very helpful in assessing your team to build growth which I feel both teams need to work on even more,” the former China U16 head coach said.
Both teams were using the friendly to help prepare for the AFCON 2021 qualifiers that are set to kick off in November.
Mozambique have been pooled in Group F of the qualifiers alongside tournament hosts Cameroon, fellow Portuguese speaking nation Cape Verde and Rwanda and will begin their campaign against the latter at home.
Harambee Stars on their part are in Group G alongside Comoros, Togo and Egypt and will begin their campaign to grace a 7th Nations Cup with an away tie to the Pharaohs.