The Kenyan champions were in a pole position to qualify for the last sixteen as they went into the final Group D match at the top with eight points, but lost 2-1 to USM Alger, who qualified alongside Rayon Sports of Rwanda.
Rayon Sports beat Young Africans (Yanga) by a solitary goal to finish second in the Group. The Briton has now told Goal that he is proud of his players for the wonderful run they posted in the competition.
“I am proud of how my players and the technical bench have tried. I am sorry we didn’t reach the quarters but I have always said that we were a year early but the experience was valuable.
“All in all and despite what we endured off the field, the players gave everything and pushed for more. There are some positives to pick from this squad and the far they reached in the competition is a true testament of how good they are.”
Kerr says the team’s travel plans to Algeria affected his tactics, as they only trained for fifteen minutes before the clash. “We did not have enough time to feel the pitch and our travel here was a major factor and not an excuse.
“What I had planned for Monday practice, I only had 15 minutes late Tuesday to apply it but when we arrived at the stadium the lights were not fully on, plus we were told the time of kick-off had changed.”