Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne says playing at the top level demands that one gets the required result and that’s what his charges did. Playing at the 60,000 capacity stadium in Bahir Dar in Ethiopia, Stars held the hosts to a barren draw, a result that now keeps Kenya in charge of Group F.
With only two changes made to his side that beat Ghana last month, the coach rues a few missed opportunities but lauds a good game overall.
‘’We missed some opportunities in the first half and after that it was difficult especially because we played against 12 players. The draw is a correct result for us. Maybe we should have had a penalty and maybe Ethiopia as well should have had a penalty, but I don’t know. The referee had a very good game and I think it was also good for the fans,’’ says the Frenchman after the match.
He however wants Kenyan fans to emulate what they were put through in Bahir Dar. The atmosphere was hard on his charges he admits and wishes that the Ethiopians be put through the same when they travel to Nairobi for the return clash on Sunday.
‘’The fans were amazing and the atmosphere made it difficult for sure. If I have one wish, I hope to have a full stadium next Sunday because it’s amazing to play in this atmosphere. It was amazing to play in this stadium and it will be important if we get the same,’’ he adds.
The Harambee Stars could have gotten a result in Ethiopia despite the defensive approach. Forward Michael Olunga, Ovella Ochieng and substitute Paul Were each came close in the match and from such flashes Coach Migne believes he is on the road to making Kenya play at the top level.
‘’We are a young team and maybe apart from Victor (Wanyama) we don’t have many players with big experience. But we are on the way to the high level and I am proud of my players. I told them before the game that the high level is about confirming the result. Not one game you play good and the other bad,” concluded Migne.
With Sierra Leone currently out of the picture, Kenya stands a realistic chance of qualifying for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations with a win over Ethiopia next Sunday. Stars currently lead Group F with 4 points followed by Ghana on 3. The Ghana-Sierra Leone match scheduled for Wednesday 10 did not go on as planned.