AFCON 2019: Sebastien Migne admits Harambee Stars players were afraid to face Algeria
Harambee Stars head coach, Sebastien Migne, has acknowledged lack of experience among his wards at football's top level led to Kenya's defeat to Algeria in their Group C Africa Cup of Nations clash.
Two first half goals from Riyad Mahrez and Baghdan Bounedjah was all Algeria needed to condemn Kenya to a 2-0 defeat, with Stars players making glaring defensive errors that saw them punished by their opponents.
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Dennis Odhiambo fouled Algeria's Youcef Atal in the dangerous area to concede a penalty in the 33rd minute, with Bounedjah making no mistake from the spot as he slotted home softly after sending goalkeeper Patrick Matasi the wrong way.
Riyad Mahrez doubled the advantage just two minutes before the break, to dash Stars' hopes of making a comeback.
Migne said his players could not handle the pressure of playing in the big stage, acknowledging the Desert Foxes were clinical enough to take their chances.
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“We simply missed the experience to take the battle to Algeria and also some of my players were afraid since they were playing in the big stage for the first time,” Migne said in his post-match interview.
“We did not play our usual game and it was difficult for me to recognise my team and at this stage, if you don’t show up and play your usual style, then you will definitely lose," he submitted.
Kenya will now be hoping to make amends when they face neighbours Tanzania in their next group stage match before battling Senegal in their last group stage match.
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