Williamson: Kenya did not deserve to lose

Speaking to Goal after Kenya suffered a 1-0 defeat to Pharaohs the Scot says the outcome of the friendly duel does not reflect performance of both teams
By Dennis Mabuka in Aswan City,

Coach Bobby Williamson insists Harambee Stars' deserved to get a draw out of Saturday's friendly against Egypt played at Aswan Stadium.

Speaking to Goal after Kenya suffered a 1-0 defeat to Pharaohs, the Scot says the outcome of the match does not reflect performance of both teams.

"Honestly my lads deserve compliments. This is not a fixture that I will look at result but performance. The young lads played extremely well and were undone by that goal we conceded.

"We were playing against an experienced Egyptian side and to go down 1-0 is not bad considering that we had only trained together for seven days. We were very organised and created some few chances that we could not convert because some of the players are young and learning playing on international scene.

"For Egypt, they got one chance and scored and from there on, it was an open game that even us should have won had we converted our chances."

Al Ahly striker Amr Gamal scored the all important goal in 56th minute after Kenya defenders switched off following a long ball that could not be cleared inside the danger zone.

Zamalek dangerman Momen Zakaria unleashed a long cross from his own half and Kenyan defenders failed to clear the ball allowing Gamal, who had hit the post a few minutes earlier, slice the ball past goalkeeper Wilson Obungu.

Williamson refused to put blame on defenders for the goal. "We should stop pointing fingers at how we let in or conceded that goal and instead, be happy with some of the positives we have picked from this fixture.

"With such kind of international build up matches, I remain confident that Kenya will be somewhere in two years to come and that will be my target. I request Football Kenya Federation to organise as many build up matches as possible for this team to gel together."

Assistant coach Musa Otieno was happy with the outcome of the match. "We have been together for only one week and coming here to lose 1-0 is good for this team. They played well and we need to keep the same team for consistency."