Soccer News of Thu, 6 Sep 20183
We’re the underdogs against Ghana—Kenya Coach
Head coach of Harambee Stars, Sebastian Migne, has conceded that his side is the underdog in their Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers against Black Stars but they are ready to pull some surprises.
The Kenyans would be searching for their first victory in the qualifiers when they play at the MISC Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi on Saturday and the Kenyan gaffer is certain they would not be the whipping boys.
Both teams are in Group F together with Ethiopia and Sierra Leone where Ghana sits on the summit of the league log and despite that, the Kenyans are determined to grab their first point by beating the Black Stars.
Past record between the two sides favour Ghana who have won four of the seven encounters between them, drawn twice and lost one, and this statistic may have informed Kenya’s tactician to adopt a more modest position against Ghana but hope they would put their best foot forward to get a desirable result.
“Ghana is a big team, I can say one of the top five teams in Africa and for sure it will be a tough game. I cannot say that Kenya is better than Ghana. What I can say is we will give our best to get a result.
“I have watched their last two games where they won away to Japan and drew 2-2 with Iceland and I have some idea of what to expect from them. My team is ready and everyone is focused on the game,” the Frenchman noted.
The former Republic of Congo coach said he was not under any pressure ““I am not under pressure, I am not nervous. Of course there is a little pressure to win, but that’s what my job is all about and I am used to it,” the tactician added.
So far Coach Kwesi Appiah has managed to assemble all his invited players for the battle while his Kenyan counterpart is likely to miss the services of two of his stars captain Victor Wanyama and his elder bother McDonald Mariga.