Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne has once again defended keeper Patrick Matasi after his gaffe gifted DR Congo a goal in the two countries' friendly match on Saturday, June 15 in Madrid Spain.
Kenya took the lead against Florent Ibenge's side in the first half through Michael Olunga after some magic from Ayub Timbe on the flank.
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Matasi then conceded a penalty shortly after the restart but made up for his mistake by denying Cedric Bakambu from the spot.
Matasi then failed to gather what seemed like a feeble freekick three minutes from time allowing Arthur Masuaku to bundle home an equalizer.
Matasi was at fault for Kenya's defeat in the final qualification match against Ghana and just like in Accra, Migne defended the St. George FC shot-stopper.
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"When you commit a mistake, you can improve a lot and I hope he will improve for the future and for AFCON of course,” he said.
“When you play a big team, you can’t forget the small details, because at the end they can win. We were the stronger side for about 80% of the game but we were punished towards the end.
"We need to be positive though; my players are amazing and I am very proud of them. We are not so far,” he added.
The squad is expected to jet out to Egypt from Spain on Wednesday, June 19 and will open their campaign against Algeria four days later.
Story by Kevin Teya, TUKO.co.ke correspondent.
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