Kenya's hopes of making it to the knockout phase of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals now hangs in the balance after a resounding 3-0 defeat against Senegal on Monday night.
The East African side had never defeated the West African nation at Afcon, losing twice and drawing once in three previous games.
A double from Liverpool winger Sadio Mane, one from the penalty spot and an opener via Ismaila Sarr, enabled The Lions of Teranga to seal their place in the last 16 alongside Algeria, who hammered Tanzania 3-0 to finish top of the Group on nine points.
Kenya's chances of qualifying as one of the best group stage losers now lie in the mercy of Mali and Cameroon who are set to play their closest challengers Angola and Benin respectively.
The defeat to the Lions of Teranga means the Sebastien Migne's side drops to the final berth in the best losers’ category with three points and will be hoping that Benin and Angola who have two points will falter in their final group stage matches.
Below is how Kenyans reacted on Twitter after the team suffered their second defeat at Afcon.
Patrick Matasi is a proper shot stopper.. He has natural shot stopping instict.. When he has to think about his decisions.. Maybe he panicks a little .. But he is still the right Number 1 💪🏽 #HarambeeStars #Tunaweza #AFCON2019— Mukami Wambora (@MukamiWambora) July 1, 2019
I’m so proud of you boys. The only Harambee Stars team I’ve honestly enjoyed watching and the best we took.— Kenya West© (@KinyanBoy) July 1, 2019
We have lost the match but we have a superb team. Join me ladies and gentlemen in celebrating these men. We carry the lessons forward. Love y’all. #KENSEN pic.twitter.com/aXIL2ojSgd
Chin up boys @harambee__stars !!! Well played, we gifted Senegal three goals. Lets plan for the Last 16, we will be there to correct the mistakes....— Mike Okinyi (@MikeOkinyi) July 1, 2019
Well done #HarambeeStars. Our government has invested ZERO in your skills development but inspite of that, you represented us proudly. You did well! Matasi is our (Kenya's) man of the match! #KenyaVsSenegal #SENKEN #AFCON2019 pic.twitter.com/S0NZSwHObs— Boniface Mwangi (@bonifacemwangi) July 1, 2019
Last night, Harambee Stars started strongly in the first 10 minutes pinning the Lions of Teranga in their half but created very little to unsettle the West Africans.#HongeraHarambeeStars pic.twitter.com/iyNMjOMgCP— MaryAnne Wangui (@MaryAnnWanguiKE) July 2, 2019
#HarambeeStars Johanna Omollo , the Kenyan Midfielder with Number 8 Jersey is Pure Class, technically gifted, I Hope he Signs for a bigger Club...— Nafis Mohamed. (@Nafisnovic) July 1, 2019
If you watched the Harambee stars games you would agree with me that they played very well the group they were in was tough but they tried their best— IBRAHIM (@Ibrah_254) July 2, 2019
Photo courtesy 📷📷#HongeraHarambeeStars pic.twitter.com/uGgw1Fvt6F
Our Harambee Stars did their best. The result does not reflect our effort. We still have the slimmest chance to qualify. Praying for a miracle. #AFCON2019— KIPCHUMBA MURKOMEN, E.G.H (@kipmurkomen) July 1, 2019
#HongeraHarambeeStars Dear Harambee stars, It is not about winning but giving your best. That is the most important thing. You are out there flying the Kenyan flag. Thanks for making an history. 📸Photo courtesy: pic.twitter.com/K7oApTKXah— MARIGIRI🇰🇪 (@Dmarigiri_) July 2, 2019
There are times when we all have a bad day in the office but that doesn't make us forget about the achievements we have made. I'm personally very proud of our boys @harambee__stars #HongeraHarambeeStars pic.twitter.com/Xo3iA4IkvK— Finny Laurah (@finnylaurah) July 2, 2019
Harambee Stars had defended well in the first half, but had to rely on the instincts of goalkeeper Patrick Matasi to save a Mane penalty in the 27th minute after Aboud Omar had brought down a Senegalese player in the danger area.#HongeraHarambeeStars pic.twitter.com/l2oQGCLOoC— MaryAnne Wangui (@MaryAnnWanguiKE) July 2, 2019