Kenya back to drawing board after surprise exit from African tourney

Source: Xinhua| 2019-08-06 23:50:12|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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NAIROBI, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- The knives are out for Kenya senior team football head coach Sebastien Migne after the country crashed out of the Cameroon 2020 Africa Championships (CHAN) finals to neighbors and bitter rivals Tanzania over the weekend.

The Frenchman who took over the team known as Harambee Stars in May 2018 is now facing a barrage of criticism barely a year into his three-year coaching deal for the country long starved of football success.

Having qualified Kenya to the Egypt 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals for the first time in 15 years, Migne found himself under attack for his team's selection after Stars crashed out in the first round.

For the Frenchman and former Congo Brazzaville coach, everything went according to plan when they held the Taifa Stars to a credible 0-0 draw away in the first leg in Dar-es-Salaam.

However, the hatchet men against Migne and the Football Kenya Federation (KFK) were out in force following last Sunday's 1-4 exit on penalties in the return fixture in Nairobi.

The Frenchman remained defiant, slamming his team for lacking 'maturity' and crumbling under pressure.

"I think we miss some maturity, maturity is essential in football. You have to be mature in the zone that means in the two different boxes that is defensively and offensively," Migne told reporters on Sunday.

After Kenyans took to social media to call for his resignation or sacking, Migne fired back by saying a change of guard at the helm will do little to bring the results local fans crave.

"If for every defeat you want to sack the coach, change everything. But you will stay as you are since 20 years it will be the same," the Frenchman said.

Local media reported on the huge cost the local federation would incur should they show the head coach the door.

"If the federation wants to fire me, let them fire me but again if paying my salary is an issue, will they manage to pay out my contract?" the Frenchman was quoted in a local publication on Monday.

FKF president Nick Mwendwa lamented a huge strain in their finances is spent on paying compensation to foreign coaches sacked in the past, among them the late Henri Michel (2012) from France and Adel Amrouche (2014) from Belgium.