Harambee Stars managed just one win, against the Burkinabe and went home early.
“The 2004 Afcon was not easy because we knew little about our opponents. For example, we knew El-Hadji Diouf as an individual star playing for Liverpool but we had little knowledge about the rest of the team. So, it was hard to plan on how to counter their game,” Otieno told the Football Kenya Federation website.
Though, that Senegal team was famous for reaching the 2002 Fifa World Cup quarter-finals.
“Science has improved the game now and you can study your opponent well before playing against them.
“In 2019 we can even progress to the quarter-finals because looking at the team, we have capable players and options in every position. With the potential in the team and dedication of our coach, [Sebastian] Migne can help the team progress in Egypt,” he added.
“The support for the team from government, fans and the Federation has been good so far, and we have one of the best-assembled teams. I wish them all the best.”
Otieno played for the national team from 1993 to 2009 where he managed to earn 107 international caps.